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Dodgers News: Brett Anderson Removed Early With Apparent Injury



Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE (July 22, 7:20 a.m. PT): According to J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News, Brett Anderson improved overnight:

UPDATE (July 21, 7:51 p.m. PT): More updates on Brett Anderson came after the game via Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times and Alanna Rizzo of SportsNet LA:

UPDATE (July 21, 6:20 p.m. PT): According to J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News, Los Angeles Dodgers starter Brett Anderson was removed from Tuesday’s game due to irritation in his left Achilles tendon and will be reevaluated on Wednesday:

Alanna Rizzo of Time Warner Cable’s SportsNet LA followed up with an in-game report that Anderson did not tear the Achilles tendon.

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After settling on Mike Bolsinger and Carlos Frias to fill in the holes left by season-ending injuries to Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting rotation is again in state of uncertainty.

Frias’ success began to wear off and he currently is on the 15-day disabled list. Bolsinger has also struggled after a string of strong outings. Brandon Beachy was given two opportunities to stabilize the back of the rotation, but was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City so that Carl Crawford could be activated on Tuesday.

Now Brett Anderson, who surprised many with his durability and consistent outings as of late, may have thrown the Dodgers’ rotation for another spin. With two outs in the third inning, the left-hander went to field a slow roller hit to his right.

Anderson booted the ball into foul territory and came up with a limp after tracking down in front of the Dodgers dugout. Vice president of medical services Stan Conte came out to check on Anderson, applying pressure to his left ankle and area above.

Anderson was immediately removed from the game and replaced by Chin-hui Tsao. Already facing questions as to who would start Saturday’s game against the New York Mets in place of Beachy, the Dodgers may need to come up with another answer further down the line should Anderson miss an extended period of time.

Los Angeles does catch somewhat of a small break as Monday and Thursday are off-days, presenting the opportunity to shuffle a rotation of four pitchers to offset potentially being without Anderson for one of his scheduled starts.

An update on the nature or severity of Anderson’s injury was not immediately available. Anderson this season is 5-5 with a 3.33 ERA, 3.55 FIP and 1.33 WHIP over 18 starts, excluding the three runs he allowed in 2.2 innings of his 19th start on Tuesday.

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