OAKLAND — Brett Anderson will throw his first in-game pitches since April 29 for Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday and he'll be doing it out of the bullpen.
The left-hander, who's recovering from a stress fracture in his right foot, threw a 28-pitch simulated inning in front of A's manager Bob Melvin at the O.co Coliseum on Tuesday.
"There's been a lot of life on the ball, his intensity level's there and he wants to get back as soon as he can," Melvin said.
Melvin said Anderson can return to the A's faster if the team brings him back through the bullpen, which is why he'll be pitching two innings for the River Cats as a reliever on Saturday.
"We'll bring him in in the middle of the game, just so he gets that kind of feel that he hasn't really had," Melvin said.
The A's skipper said he isn't sure whether Anderson will return to the A's rotation this season.
"It depends what our needs are; we're keeping our options open," Melvin said.
Wounded A's: Derek Norris is expected to return to the A's lineup on Thursday, but Coco Crisp's immediate future is less clear.
Norris sat out of the A's games with the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday and Monday after experiencing back spasms in his last at-bat on Saturday.
Melvin said the second-year catcher could be available today and he expects him to start against Houston Astros left-hander Erik Bedard on Thursday.
But the A's manager is unsure about when his center fielder will return from a left wrist injury that kept him out of the lineup on Monday,
"Those things usually turn pretty quickly once he feels good," Melvin said, adding: "We'll give him another day off and we'll see tomorrow."
Jaso update: Catcher John Jaso flew to Pittsburgh on Monday to meet with concussion specialist Dr. Michael Collins. Jaso has been out of the lineup since he experienced dizziness after taking multiple foul balls off his mask during a trip to Houston July 22-24.