Anderson returns to A’s on minor league deal

Left-hander Brett Anderson is back pitching with the club with which he broke into the big leagues, reaching agreement on a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday.

Anderson was primarily a starter for the A’s in his first stint with the team from 2009 to 2013.

The 30-year-old left-hander had a 6.34 ERA and a 4-4 record in 13 starts last year for the Chicago Cubs and Toronto Blue Jays, who acquired him on Aug. 15. He signed a $3.5 million, one-year contract with the Cubs during the 2016 offseason.

Anderson has dealt with several injuries during eight big league seasons and was limited to six starts with Chicago because of a lower-back strain before being designated for assignment on July 26.

Anderson also was sidelined for much of the 2016 season because of surgery for a bulging disk in his back and a blister on his pitching hand.

He was 10-9 with a 3.69 ERA in a career-high 31 starts in 2015, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers win the third of four straight National League West titles.

Anderson is 42-47 with a 4.04 ERA in 128 starts and 12 relief appearances with Oakland, the Colorado Rockies (2014), the Dodgers (2015-16), the Cubs and Toronto.

Oakland also just brought back Trevor Cahill, who came up with Anderson and hopes to earn a spot in the rotation that was vacated by right-hander Jharel Cotton, who needs Tommy John surgery.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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