In six Major League seasons, Brett Anderson has only stayed healthy for an entire season once.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and new president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman signed the 31-year-old to a one-year deal in December with hopes that he will be able to stay on the mound and contribute in the rotation.
He is coming off surgery for a herniated disc in his back, which ended his 2014 season last August with the Colorado Rockies, but according to the Associated Press via USA Today, his health is right where the Dodgers organization hoped it would be headed into Spring Training:
The back is fine,” said Anderson, who is projected to be the Dodgers’ fourth or fifth starter. “I feel strong. The herniated disc was a random thing. The doctor told me it was just kind of the perfect amount of torque at the wrong time, I guess. I put in a lot of work this offseason. Got stronger. Hopefully, it will pay off.”
Anderson’s history of injuries includes Tommy John surgery in 2011, an oblique strain in 2012, a fractured right foot in 2013 and a broken index finger on his left hand last season while with the Rockies before suffering the herniated disc.
Friedman believes that if he remains healthy he can return to his previous form:
If we can get him through to the other end of the season without injury, the upside is just tremendous,”
Despite the injuries, the left-hander has been successful when he actually does get to pitch. Anderson is 27-32 with three saves and a 3.73 ERA in 92 games over six Major League seasons with the Oakland Athletics and Rockies. In his only healthy season, he went 11-11 with a 4.06 ERA in 30 starts as a rookie.
Anderson should be ready to go with no limitations when Spring Training games start next week.
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