Anderson pleased with latest rehab start

Anderson pleased with latest rehab start

WASHINGTON -- Rockies left-handed starter Brett Anderson, in his first action under game conditions since breaking his left index finger on April 12, threw strikes on 39 of his 59 pitches in an injury rehab start for Triple-A Colorado Springs on Wednesday night against Oklahoma City.

Anderson, whose start fell in the range the Rockies were seeking, yielded no runs, gave up two hits, struck out four and walked one.

"I was a little rusty here and there, got to too many three-ball counts and some counts I had to pitch out of a little bit," Anderson told The Gazette newspaper in Colorado Springs. "But as far as the first rehab start back and how it went, I'm pretty pleased with it.

"The hand feels good, foot feels good [he battled a foot issue while with the Athletics last year], arm feels good. So I'll check off all the checks and balances and move on to my next one."

Anderson touched 90 mph with his fastball, which he said was fine for the first rehab start. The next start is set for the 70-75 pitch range for Colorado Springs at Round Rock. His third outing is 80-85, and there's a possibility that one will be in the Majors as opposed to the Minors.

"If I need it, I know I've got a little more in the tank, but I'm obviously not going to try to blow anybody away when I'm just trying to come back and get healthy," Anderson told The Gazette. "But I felt healthy and like I had a little extra in there and it's a positive step in the right direction. Hopefully -- and no offense to these guys -- I won't have to make too many more of these and I'll get back to Coors soon."

Thomas Harding is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.