Brett Anderson throws five innings, expected to be final Triple-A tuneup.

Brett Anderson

Brett Anderson could join the Dodgers’ starting rotation as early as this weekend. (Associated Press)

Brett Anderson allowed two runs in five innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday in what’s expected to be his final minor league rehabilitation start. The left-hander limited the Iowa Cubs to six hits, all singles, while walking none and striking out two.

Anderson hasn’t pitched for the Dodgers this season while recovering from lower back surgery. He could rejoin the Dodgers as early as this weekend’s home series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Rich Hill is targeting a return for Friday, and Brandon McCarthy is lined up to start Saturday. But the Dodgers could elect to start Anderson on Saturday instead, and give McCarthy more time to exorcise the fastball demons that curtailed his last start. They could also insert Anderson into the rotation Sunday, and give Kenta Maeda an extra two days’ rest as they’ve done before. The club hasn’t announced its weekend rotation plans yet.

Anderson has thrown 12 innings across three minor league starts: two for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga plus today’s for Oklahoma City. He allowed a total of three earned runs while walking one batter and striking out 11.

Because today’s game was in the home park of a National League affiliate (the Iowa Cubs), Anderson was allowed to bat. He struck out both times.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.