He's only 26 years old, and yet left-hander Brett Anderson is facing another major surgery that will interrupt his Major League Baseball career. Doctors are scheduled to repair a herniated disc in his lower back on Thursday, the recovery for which is expected to take five months.
At least it means Anderson will be ready to start spring training on time.
The interruption also continues a personal theme for Anderson: There's always next year.
Only once in Anderson's career has he made at least 30 starts — when he was a rookie in 2009. His next best season was 19 starts in 2010. He made 13 starts in 2011. The past three seasons, he's averaged 41 innings. He might be, literally, the unluckiest man in MLB. When he was a rookie with the Oakland Athletics, Anderson was considered by some a top-10 prospect.
Here's the list of Anderson's injuries going back to his second season:
• August, 2014: Herniated disc in back
• April, 2014: Broken left index finger
• May, 2013: Stress fracture in right foot and sprained ankle
• July, 2011: Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery
• June, 2010: Elbow soreness
• April, 2010: Forearm strain and elbow soreness
Anderson finished 2014 with a 2.91 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 43 1/3 innings over eight starts. When he's ready to pitch again, will it be with the Rockies? Reporter Patrick Saunders from the Denver Post wonders:
Anderson, acquired in a trade with Oakland during last year’s winter meetings in exchange for lefty Drew Pomeranz, is making $8 million this season.
The Rockies hold a $12 million club option on Anderson’s contract for 2015. The option includes a $1.5 million buyout clause for the Rockies. It will be interesting to see what the Rockies do.
“I believe we took a huge step forward,” manager Walt Weiss said after the trade.
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