Opening Night-starter-turned-reliever Brett Anderson got his first taste of coming in to work in a tight game Monday his second appearance out of the bullpen since coming off the disabled list.

Anderson gave up a hit and a walk struck out two and got one double-play ball.

So what is the plan with the left-hander?

"Until we get him stretched out to where he can start - and we're doing well in the rotation right now - it gives us another piece to a bullpen" manager Bob Melvin said. "And certain guys are worn out this time of the year. You want to get him in situations like that because you want to be able to use him."

Anderson is still learning to warm up effectively in the bullpen. "I was like 'How many pitches do I throw?' " Anderson said.

Catcher Kurt Suzuki called it "very weird" to see Anderson working in a tight game in relief but said "Man he looks good there. Don't get me wrong I love him as a starter he's a top-of-the-rotation starter but coming in one maybe two innings that's pretty electric stuff right there."

Anderson who entered in the seventh inning with the A's leading 4-2 said he thinks he could pitch in any situation.

"Today I kind of got thrown into the fire" he said. "I felt I did a fairly decent job. So going forward I feel like I could be an option as a long guy or fill any role I guess."