Coinciding with the Los Angeles Dodgers’ first full-squad workout of Spring Training on Thursday was the attendance of Eric Karros, Sandy Koufax and Tommy Lasorda. Koufax is again in camp with the Dodgers this spring to provide feedback and suggestions for pitchers — his opinion certainly carrying well-deserved respect.
Among those that Koufax watched throw a bullpen session on Thursday was Brett Anderson, who tweeted his excitement on receiving positive feedback from the Hall of Famer:
First real "Dodger" moment having Sandy Koufax have nothing but positive things to say after watching me throw a bullpen.
— Brett Anderson (@BAnderson_30) February 26, 2015
This spring marks a big opportunity for the oft-injured Anderson. Signed to a one-year deal, should he managed to stay healthy, he’d make headway on getting his career back on track. Anderson isn’t throwing on the same schedule as other pitchers as a preventative measure.
Thus far, Anderson has played more catch in place of more bullpen sessions and said he’s feeling healthy after a strong offseason of workouts coming off surgery for a herniated disk in his back. Anderson is entering the seventh season of his career with the pressure of making it through a complete season only once — his rookie year in 2009 with the Oakland Athletics.
Since that point, his career has been derailed by Tommy John surgery in 2011, oblique strain in 2012, stress fracture in 2013, and a broken left index finger and herniated disk last season. As a result, 30 of his 92 career games came in 2009.
Despite the laundry list of injuries, Anderson refuted the notion he’s injury prone, rather believing he’s been the victim of bad luck. While the Dodgers have stockpiled plenty of arms in the event Anderson or other pitchers are lost to injury, general manager Farhan Zaidi is confident the left-hander will remain healthy moving forward.
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