Whenever it is announced that a pitcher has to undergo Tommy John surgery, fans are deflated immediately. It usually means the player will miss at least a year, and depending on when the surgery takes place, he might miss a large portion of two seasons.
The latter is the case for Oakland A's starting pitcher and a main component in the "Big Four," Brett Anderson.
Anderson had the surgery in July of this year and is not expected back until at least the same time next year.
That's the bad news about Tommy John Surgery. The good news is that it's possible to come back to the game and return to form. It's been done before, and here are a few current players who have gone through the procedure and are now back on the hill.
After going through the list, maybe A's fans will have hope that one of the teams top pitchers will return to the rotation an perform at a high level.