UPDATE (July 23, 2:23 p.m. PT): According to Alanna Rizzo of SportsNet LA and Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times, Brett Anderson’s Thursday throwing session went well and he might make his scheduled start after all.
.@BrettAnderson35 felt great playing catch. Will throw pen tomorrow. Doesn't think it will be DL situation. Hopes to pitch this weekend.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) July 23, 2015
Mattingly thinks Anderson could pitch Sunday.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) July 23, 2015
Brett Anderson was considered a risky signing by the Los Angeles Dodgers this past offseason, as he hadn’t thrown more than 100 innings in a season since 2010. But for one year and $10 million, the Dodgers were willing to take that risk.
The left-hander has been better than even the Dodgers could have expected thus far, and had remained healthy until his last start. Anderson was removed from the game on Tuesday after he accidentally booted a ground ball and jumped to catch up with it. He was diagnosed with irritation in his Achilles’ tendon and was not ruled out of his next start.
When asked about how he feels, Anderson stated that he has seen improvements from the first day, via Carlos Collazo of MLB.com:
I wouldn’t say 100 percent in the clear, but somewhat in the clear going forward to be sure,” said Anderson, still with a boot on his left foot for precautionary reasons. “The sheath around my tendon is a little inflamed, but it was intact. Just one of those things going forward to watch and monitor.”
The 27-year-old was on his way to having the best season of his career, sitting at 5-5 with a 3.33 ERA in 19 starts for the NL West leaders. Anderson has become the team’s “third starter” after the losses of Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy.
Many expected Anderson to head to the disabled list after he was injured; however, that may not be the case:
Take it day by day,” Anderson said. “But just the drastic difference between today and yesterday — which was surprising, but is a positive. Hopefully I can continue on that path, and [hopefully] it was just kind of a fluke deal where it grabbed and bothered me and I’m able to go out for the next one.”
Anderson is expected to throw on Thursday and if all goes well, he will throw a bullpen on Friday. It’s unknown whether he would be ready to go on Sunday, which would be his regularly scheduled start.