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Brett Anderson 'should be fine' after injuring neck in win vs. Indians

Brett Anderson 'should be fine' after injuring neck in win vs. Indians

A's left-hander Brett Anderson looked sharp for 5 1/3 innings, allowing just one run on five hits, as the A's beat the Indians 6-4 for their fourth straight win.

Anderson improved to 5-3 on the season, despite having to leave the game with a cervical strain in the sixth inning.

The 31-year-old actually suffered the injury an inning earlier when he ducked to avoid a broken bat. The A's training staff came out to examine him, but he stayed in the game to finish the fifth inning.

Anderson came back out to start the sixth, but exited after two batters with discomfort in his neck.

"It's a little sore, a little stiff, but should be fine going forward," Anderson told reporters after the game. "Kind of another fluky thing that probably I only have to deal with. I break a guy's bat and I don't know where the barrel is going, and my neck starts to spasm up."

A's manager Bob Melvin didn't seem too concerned about Anderson missing time.

"He's alright," Melvin told reporters. "It's a neck strain. When the bat broke and went back, he kind of snapped his neck a little bit, so we'll see how he is tomorrow."

Anderson believed that he probably could have stayed in the game if he had to, but thought better of it.

"My range of motion going to the inside part of the plate was limited and I need to have all of my pitches going to both sides of the plate," he said. "It's one of those things where you get out of it while it's not too bad."

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Despite the fluky injury, Anderson still kept his dry sense of humor.

"With my luck, if I stand there, (the bat) impales me and I probably bleed out on the mound or something crazy."

Thankfully, that didn't happen.

Why A's Lou Trivino feels bad for minor league players during MLB halt

Why A's Lou Trivino feels bad for minor league players during MLB halt

Editor's Note: NBC Sports California spoke with Lou Trivino on Friday, May 22, four days before the A's announced they would stop paying $400 weekly stipends to their minor league players for the remainder of the season, and other teams released players.

For reasons of sanity and economy, the return of Major League Baseball this summer is the primary focus of the league and the players' association.

But A’s reliever Lou Trivino also realizes the entire minor league ecosystem would suffer in a multitude of ways, potentially going dormant.

At this point, there are no imminent plans for 242 farm teams and its players across the continent.

“You feel bad for those guys,” Trivino said. “Especially the ones that need the development, that need the reps.”

Most big league players have the advantages of time and accessibility to personal training facilities. They can stay conditioned during shutdowns, without much setback.

But it’s not the same for everyone.

“Some of these minor league guys, they’ve been stuck inside all day and not maybe able to do stuff,” Trivino said. “That really hinders their ability to perform on the field next year.”

Another lesser-discussed aspect to keep an eye on is MLB’s annual amateur draft, which has been reduced from 40 rounds to five rounds.

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“You’re not going to see the 11th round guy like myself maybe make it,” Trivino said. “You’re not going to see the late-round guys potentially get that chance and that’s heartbreaking. I’m that guy.”

Trivino started his minor league career in 2013, appearing in 170 games as a starter and reliever at every level, until getting his first chance at the major leagues with Oakland in 2019.

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Roy Steele, A's 'Voice of God' and legendary PA announcer, dies at Auburn home

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Roy Steele, A's 'Voice of God' and legendary PA announcer, dies at Auburn home

One does not easily earn the "Voice of God" moniker, but when it came to Roy Steele, nothing else would do. 

The long-time public address announcer for the A's passed away Thursday at his home in Auburn, leaving behind a tremendous legacy as one of the most recognizable voices in the history of the game. The A's released a team statement acknowledging his vast contributions to the history of the franchise.

"As the PA voice of the A’s for nearly four decades, his booming baritone filled the Coliseum from the Mustache Gang to Billy Ball, the Bash Brothers and Moneyball," the statement said. "Beloved by all, he touched the lives of generations of A’s fans. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones."

Steele began his tenure as the A's PA announcer starting in 1968 and remained in the position through 2005, though he did make occasional appearances during the 2007-08 season. He covered over 3,000 A's games, including six World Series and an All-Star Game. Throughout his 38 years at the helm, he only missed five days of work.

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His death comes during a sad week for the Oakland franchise. On Sunday, Chester Farrow, who operated the scoreboard at the Coliseum for over 50 years, passed away at the age of 77.

Whenever MLB resumes, one would imagine both longtime employees will be honored.