PHOENIX -- A's left-hander Brett Anderson said he was feeling a bit stiff Monday, less than 24 hours after he exited a Cactus League game against the Arizona Diamondbacks game after eight pitches following a collision with a baserunner.

Anderson, who has been tabbed as the opening day starter for the A's on April 1 against Seattle, hopes to throw his regular bullpen session on Tuesday and make his next Cactus League start later in the week.

The injury-prone Anderson suffered a strain in his right (non-throwing) shoulder when he tried to cover third base on an error and collided awkwardly with Diamondbacks baserunner Adam Eaton.

Anderson, 25, has been limited to a combined 38 starts in the last three years because of four stints on the disabled list that included Tommy John surgery midway through the 2011 season.

But last year he was 4-2 with a 2.57 ERA in the six regular season starts that he made, and he was brilliant in his one playoff appearance, blanking the Detroit Tigers on two hits over six innings in the American League Division Series.



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