Dodgers’ Brett Anderson pitches for first time in 2016

first_imgOne scout in attendance said via text that Anderson was throwing 90-93 mph and that he was “not consistent with off-speed or command but looks close.”Anderson felt fine Thursday, but he knows the truer test will be how he feels in the next few days.He is tentatively scheduled to make at least two more rehab starts, of five and six innings. He didn’t know with which team that would be, but the Quakes are on the road each of the next two days Anderson would likely pitch.He said pitching in the California League is a challenge.“For a guy like me who throws strikes and pitches to contact, you get a bunch of hits. I think my ERA at Double-A and below is close to 9.00,” he said. “Guys are excited to be here. Sometimes at Triple-A, they’re going through the motions.”Anderson is coming off a season in which he went 10-9 with a 3.69 ERA in 31 starts in his first season with the Dodgers, setting career highs for starts and innings.Staff Writer J.P. Hoornstra contributed to this report. He sprinted off the mound, fielded the ball and threw the runner out at first.The Dodgers could exhale that Anderson had seemingly passed an unanticipated test.“There were plays and circumstances I’d rather deal with now,” he said. “Now, I can focus on getting my pitches back where I want them.”Another circumstance happened in the bottom of the second when two High Desert Mavericks players collided, requiring a lengthy on-field delay and more time for Anderson in the dugout before he pitched his third inning.In all, it took Anderson only 36 pitches to get through his three scheduled innings, 25 of which were strikes. He allowed five hits and one run while striking out one and walking none. He threw 19 more pitches in the bullpen after he came out of the game. RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Brett Anderson was told by the Dodgers not to worry about any fielding plays that weren’t hit directly at him.That made sense, since Thursday’s rehabilitation assignment with the high Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes was the Dodgers pitcher’s first game action since undergoing back surgery in March.But the fifth batter of the game hit a slow chopper halfway up the third-base line.“My instincts took over,” Anderson said.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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