Anderson now being groomed as a starter
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OAKLAND -- Despite insisting this past week that the quickest way for Brett Anderson to rejoin the A's was as a reliever, Oakland manager Bob Melvin said the left-hander will instead start for the River Cats against Tucson on Saturday.

And no, Melvin said, Anderson suddenly being groomed as a starter has nothing to do with the news of Bartolo Colon going on the disabled list with a strained left groin.

[RELATED: Colon placed on 15-day DL with groin strain]

Anderson was originally scheduled to pitch two innings in relief as a rehab stint with triple-A Sacramento on Saturday.

"We're keeping our options open," Melvin said. "It depends upon what our needs are when he's potentially ready to join us."

Anderson, who last pitched for the A's on April 29 and is coming back from a right foot stress fracture, is scheduled, then, to throw three innings or 50 pitches for Sacramento, meaning he will simply throw one more inning than the originally-scheduled two-innings of relief.

Left-hander Tommy Milone will start in Colon's place Sunday.