A's Brett Anderson says he could start wild card game

Brett Anderson has made six starts since undergoing Tommy John surgery. (US Presswire)

With the new playoff format pitting the two wild card winners in a one-game playoff, the starting pitcher for that game is of utmost importance. The Athletics may have a choice between their most experienced starter, Brett Anderson, and rookie Tommy Milone.

Anderson has made just six starts since returning from Tommy John surgery and hasn't pitched since suffering a strained oblique in his abbreviated Sept. 19 start against the Tigers. He threw a bullpen on Monday and told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that he felt good enough that he expects to at least be an option for the A's in the wild card game.

If the A's are able to sweep the Rangers and win the AL West, Jarrod Parker would start Game 1 of the ALCS and Anderson could go any other day.

Anderson returned to action on Aug. 21 and went at least six innings in each of his starts before suffering the injury in Detroit. The 24-year-old lefty is 4-2 with a 2.57 ERA this season.

Milone, 25, is 13-10 with a 3.74 ERA in 31 starts. The lefty is 2-0 with a 2.60 ERA in his last five starts.

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