It wasn’t the flashy or headline-grabbing acquisition, but the Los Angeles Dodgers signing Brett Anderson to the roster on a one-year deal is nonetheless among their most important additions.
The Arizona Diamondbacks’ second-round pick in the 2006 draft has been saddled by multiple injuries since a strong rookie campaign in 2009 with the Oakland Athletics. Anderson is coming off back surgery that ended his 2014 season in August.
Along with undergoing back surgery, Anderson’s list of medical procedures also includes Tommy John surgery in 2011. In an interview on Time Warner Cable’s Access SportsNet: Dodgers, Anderson said he’s feeling healthy with Cactus League games beginning Wednesday:
I’ve had probably six or seven times at the mound and have a live BP coming up, but everything feels good — my body feels good, my arm feels good. So at this point I can’t ask for much more.”
Anderson began Spring Training without being on any sort of restrictions, though has taken an extra day of rest between bullpen sessions in an effort to help keep fresh. With the Dodgers beginning their Cactus League schedule Wednesday, Anderson isn’t among the pitchers who will be used in the club’s games through Friday.
While the Dodgers are banking on Anderson to remain healthy, which would make him a formidable fifth starter in their rotation, they’ve taken the necessary measures to be prepared in the event Anderson once again suffers an injury.
Anderson is a career 27-32 in 92 games (81 starts) with a 3.73 ERA. He enters the 2015 season looking to snap a four-year streak of not pitching more than 44.2 innings.
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