LA Dodgers starting pitcher Brett Anderson is set to undergo surgery to repair a bulging disk in his back and will be expecting to miss at least 3-5 months. The loss comes as a pretty big blow to the Dodgers who took a risk on several injury prone starters this off-season. This is the second similar procedure for Anderson.
While there’s still hope that Anderson will contribute to the staff this year, that doesn’t mean the loss won’t tell. Fellow lefty Hyun-jin Ryu is still working back from shoulder surgery and has experienced some soreness. Brandon McCarthy remains a ways off from returning from a Tommy John procedure. Even the team’s newest MLB additions — Kenta Maeda and Scott Kazmir — are pitchers who have long-term health questions. Likewise, righty Frankie Montas, who profiled as a young rotation possibility as the season progresses, will miss time with rib surgery. (All that after the team blew up a prospective deal with Hisashi Iwakuma over the results of his physical.)
Last season Anderson went 10-9 with a 3.69 ERA, 101 ERA+, 1.331 WHIP, and 2.52 SO/W. The club is expected to turn to Alex Wood as his replacement.