While Anderson’s talent is undeniable, it’s his injury-riddled past that is the most concerning. He’s thrown just over 200 innings combined over the last four seasons, including less than 50 in each of the last three. Though Anderson is aware of his past, it doesn’t seem to bother him thinking about the future.
According to Mark Saxon of ESPN LA, the left-hander thinks his past is a bit skewed:
Yes and no,” Anderson said when asked if he views his signing as a risky one. “Due to my track record, it’s hard to say. I haven’t been able to go out as consistently as I would like and the teams I’ve played for would have liked, but then again a lot of the injuries have been fluky things.”
He’s missed time with a broken finger suffered in the batters’ box, and missed most of last year with a herniated disk. Anderson has undergone Tommy John surgery once already, but the past few injuries have not been arm-related. The 26-year-old is still relatively young, and for someone his age, his arm is relatively fresh.
If Anderson can stay away from weird injuries and solidify the Dodgers rotation, then his one-year deal will become one of the steals of the offseason. Judging from his work when on the mound, there’s a very good chance that he can make it happen.