DETROIT -- Brett Anderson is on the Oakland Athletics active roster for the American League Division Series. That makes the possibility that he will start a game in the series more of a probability. Anderson suffered a Grade 2 strain of his right oblique 20 days ago in Detroit. He has been throwing on the side and working toward returning to the A's starting rotation. The A's starting rotation consists of nothing but rookie pitchers, so a return to the rotation for Anderson would be a big boost for the A's.Anderson went 4-0 in his first four starts after returning from Tommy John surgery. He was 4-2 with a 2.57 ERA in six starts for Oakland. If Anderson makes a start it will come at the Oakland Coliseum. He'll likely pitch in Game 3 or 4 in the ALDS. The A's may want to see how they fare in Detroit before deciding if they need to use Anderson. Anderson, 24, has started four games in his career against the Tigers. He is 2-2 with a 3.78 ERA in 16 23 innings pitched. Relief pitcher Jim Miller made the trip with the A's but isn't on the active roster. They likely brought him to Detroit just in case Anderson wasn't going to be ready to pitch.
OAKLAND – The Oakland A’s traded outfielder Jaycob Brugman to the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named later or cash, the club announced Wednesday. Brugman was designated for assignment on Monday.
Brugman made his major league debut with the A’s last year and batted .266 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 48 games. He also hit .275 with a home run and nine RBI with Nashville and then batted .182 in nine games with Mesa in the Arizona Fall League.
Brugman was originally selected by Oakland in the 17th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
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In order to get their 40-man roster set for the Rule 5 Draft, the A's did a little roster reshuffling on Monday.
Among the casualties from the roster crunch was outfielder Jaycob Brugman, who played in 48 games for the A's in 2017.
Brugman and left-handed pitcher Sam Moll were designated for assignment in order to clear spots for the A's to add right-handed pitchers Heath Fillmyer and Lou Trivino to the 40-man roster.
During his stint with the A's last season, Brugman hit .266/.346/.343 with two doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI. Brugman participated in the recently-concluded Arizona Fall League, but didn't put up great numbers. He his just 1.82 in nine games.
The 23-year-old Fillmyer started 29 games for Double-A Midland and posted a 3.49 ERA in 149.2 innings. He was a fifth-round by the A's in 2014.
Trivino spent time with Midland and Triple-A Nashville during the 2017 season. In 48 relief appearances between the two levels, he posted a 3.03 ERA and struck out 65 batters in 68.1 innings.
Earlier on Monday, the A's acquired outfielder Ramon Laureano from the Astros for right-handed pitcher Brandon Bailey. Laureano was added to the 40-man roster and right-handed pitcher Bobby Wahl was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville.
The Rule 5 Draft will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Winter Meetings in Orlando.