In needing to address their starting rotation the Los Angeles Dodgers opted for signing Brett Anderson and Brandon McCarthy, as opposed to Jon Lester or Max Scherzer. While the Dodgers undeniably saved money when compared to the cost that came with signing Lester and Scherzer, their new pitchers both come with injury concerns.
For Anderson, his injuries have largely been a case of freak accidents and bad luck. He first missed time last season due to a fractured left index finger suffered while batting, then underwent surgery in August to treat a herniated disk in his back and he missed the remainder of the regular season.
With pitchers and catchers set to report Feb. 19, Anderson revealed he’s been rehabbing with Brett Fisher, who also worked with Hall of Famer Randy Johnson, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:
He rehabbed Randy Johnson from the same surgery, and Johnson won a couple [National League Cy Young Awards], so I just told him to give me the same rehab program.”
With the 2015 season inching closer, Anderson also said he should be recovered in time for Spring Training:
I feel good and hope, with no setback, I should be good to go for Spring Training.”
Anderson signed a one-year, $10 million contract with the Dodgers and can earn up to $4 million in performance-based incentives. Since winning 11 games a rookie with the Oakland Athletics in 2009, Anderson has never won more than seven games.
While signing Anderson comes with considerable risk given his inability to remain healthy, the Dodgers could just as well catch lightening in a bottle. The 26 year old was selected in the second round of the 2006 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks and has the talent to serve as a viable fifth starter for the Dodgers if he manages to avoid the disabled list.