Dodgers Lose Starter Anderson After Back Surgery

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 sorenessBrandon 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.

29 thoughts on “Dodgers Lose Starter Anderson After Back Surgery

    • Plenty of time to sit around and muse while rehabbing.

      I saw a copy of The Bronx Zoo by Sparky Lyle in a sports collectible’s store yesterday. Quite the hilarious read, especially for a 15 year old baseball fan. Steinbrenner storming into the lockerroom in a rage and shouting at some hapless player, “You looked like a monkey trying to fuck a football out there!” Pretty much everything Nettles had to say. Lyle’s take on the pure undistilled hatred between Martin and Jackson. His own insecure bitching about the Yankess signing Gossage as a free agent. Fun stuff.

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    • Yes, like yahmule said. They have time to ponder the universe and develop a personality. Kinda like an ugly kid. Don’t have much of a face. Better work on that personality. (I speak from experience. 🙂 )

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  1. There goes ” Monster” Ryu’s statement last year in the off-season about being ready in April or opening day (news update via YTN, May was said to be the month for “Monster” Ryu’s return this year). Also, if Maeda avoids injury this season, he’ll truly be a valuable asset to the team… Not to mention he’s the only lone RH starter in the rotation for now.

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      • Nah, he’s from the Frying Pan. He, Bradley & Bundy were all promising pitchers from back home that haven’t seemed to be able to stay healthy long enough to really make it. 😦

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        • It’s almost like abusing pitchers in HS for meaningless games (because, let’s face it, all HS games are pretty meaningless) may have a negative effect on their ability to stay healthy. Bundy in particular has lost (probably) many tens of millions of dollars because his arm was abused so badly (e.g. 190 pitches in 1 game).

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        • Well, judging Bundy and Bradley by their HS affiliations, it seems like they and their parents were probably looking to get the big contract fast instead of going to college. So, yeah, they didn’t likely fight pushing too much so they could have impressive numbers. Anderson’s daddy, though, was a college coach, so he has no one to blame on that but his folks for their shortsightedness, if that’s what happened. Idk, but maybe that’s partly why Anderson isn’t at OSU anymore. #internetspeculations

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        • If you are an elite baseball talent, there is no reason to go to college. The instruction you get is better in the minors, you can play baseball full time instead of acting like you are going to school, and you get paid a little to play baseball instead of paying to play (or taking out loans). Baseball teams only get 11.7 scholarships to dole out to well over 30 players…Very few guys get a full ride.

          Going strait to the pros isn’t a money grab, it is just smart from both financial and development perspectives.

          Coaches still bear most of the blame. They have more experience than any player or his parents (Anderson’s situation being unusual) and he bears the responsibility of protecting his players…not pushing them to win meaningless games so he can feel better about himself. Any kid will say they can pitch and that they are fine, and parents don’t know any better or realize that they shouldn’t trust the coach (this is also true at the college level).

          There are some famous NCAA head coaches that are also now famous for blowing out his pitchers arms and guys still go to those schools to piss away their chances at a career.

          Things are better than they were 20 years ago, but not much.

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        • While I agree with you generally about the college baseball thing, I think the mentality of scoring big as an elite prospect is different than one who is planning on pacing for a long career — which is what I was getting at. And if that’s your plan, considering college as an option should be part of your thinking. As good as he was, Bundy probably could’ve gotten a scholarship, but I think Max Scherzer did it the smart way. Bundy pushed hard and blah blah blah, whatever.

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        • Even though I am not an O’s fan, the Bundy thing really bums me out….he seemed poised to be the next pitching phenom…a guy you tune in to watch no matter who is playing…and then…nothing. Just sad.

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        • Oh, I can’t even image that…Bundy, Arrieta, Gausman, other guys I’m sure I’m missing. Some of it is just bad luck or drafting damaged goods that no one could know about because pre-draft physicals are not allowed….but the O’s seem to be pretty good at getting in the way of their own prospects development as well.

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        • What’s wrong with Gausman? He’s doing pretty well, and is poised for a break out year. They’ve developed Schoop, Machado, Mychal Givens, Mike Wright, Eduardo Rodriguez, Zach Brittan. They’ve had plenty of success stories, but all the press is about their failures, which is always a blow, but it’s blown a little out of proportion.

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        • Gausman was the 4th overall pick, is 25, and hasn’t done much so far. I’ll believe he becomes more than a back end starter when I see it.

          Given the picks they’ve had…that isn’t a very long or impressive list of “guys they’ve developed”….and I was referring more to pitchers.

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        • Sounds like your expectations might be a little high then. Can’t all be Wainwright’s and deGroms. Some pitchers simply take a little longer to develop than others. While I’ll agree that Baltimore has had too many misses, it’s not exactly like they are blowing out arms like the Cubs did back in the day. Also, if you are going to cherry pick the failures and not discuss the success’, then that’s not really very fair now is it?

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        • I wasn’t really calling Gausman, Bundy, or Harvey failures….at least not yet. Maybe I misread something, but I thought we were talking about high-profile, high-pedigree draft picks getting derailed by injury and/or developmental issues.

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        • Ah, well in that case, I absolutely agree. Still they are pretty young and there’s still time for them yet. Bundy is in a make it or break it season, but Harvey has time, and I think Gaus will do will this year.

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        • Orioles fans have had to endure Daniel Cabrera and Prince Sidney Ponson, plus two season of Don “Full Pack” Stanhouse, thus nicknamed for the amount of cigarettes Earl Weaver would burn in the runway while he was closing a game.

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