Not all news out of Spring Training is good news, and this certainly qualifies as terrible news. According to manager Dave Roberts, as well as reports, left-hander Brett Anderson will undergo back surgery that will keep him out of action for quite some time. This is a blow to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The news broke shortly ago on Twitter, and it’s one of those things that you wish never came across the news crawl. Anderson has dealt with injury issues in the past, but he was a reliable starter last year for the team. However, it seems like he will be missing a considerable amount of time this season.
From Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times:
Brett Anderson will undergo back surgery and miss three to five months.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) March 3, 2016
According to the reports, Anderson felt something in his back when throwing live batting practice on Tuesday, and they ran tests to get it checked out just to make sure it wasn’t anything serious. Well, as it turns out, it was serious. It was a bulging disk in his back and it needed to be taken care of.
Last season, the 28-year old left-hander put up a 3.69 ERA in 180.1 innings while striking out 116 batters. He was an invaluable piece of the rotation that will not be easily replaced. It looks like Alex Wood’s spot in the rotation will be turning into a permanent one, at least until Anderson can return.
There’s no word on who will take Anderson’s spot in the rotation at this time, but one would venture a guess that Mike Bolsinger would seem like a solid option to do the job as a fifth starter. This is terrible news for Anderson and we wish him the best on his road to recovery from back surgery. The team will need him in the future.