Brett Anderson Injury: Updates on Dodgers P's Back and Return

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Brett Anderson (35) works against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson is nursing a back injury that will require surgery, and it is uncertain when he will be able to return to action.

Continue for updates.

Anderson to Undergo Surgery

Wednesday, March 2

Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reported that Anderson will miss three to five months after undergoing the procedure.

Anderson Once Again Experiencing Back Issues

MLB.com's Ken Gurnick pointed out that Anderson underwent back surgery in 2014. According to McCullough, the procedure two years ago was for a herniated disk.

Anderson rebounded from an injury-plagued 2014 to pitch a career-high 180.1 innings while notching a 10-9 record and 3.69 ERA last season.

"We saw the dedication [last year] to the core and back program, which gave us confidence that that would be behind him," Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said, per McCullough. "And felt really good about the risk that we took last year. We're optimistic that there's even another gear in there."

The fact that Anderson's back has flared up again is a cause for concern.

The matter is compounded by the fact that L.A.'s pitching staff is dealing with several medical issues at the moment, per NBC Sports' Drew Silva:

Drew Silva @drewsilv

Brett Anderson (back), Hyun-jin Ryu (shoulder) already having problems this spring. Kazmir: extensive injury history. Maeda: big unknown.

Considering Anderson's confidence was on the rise following a healthy and productive first season in Los Angeles, it's unfortunate for the Dodgers that he has taken a step back at this juncture in 2016.

Another back injury will also hurt Anderson's potential earning power. The southpaw told the Los Angeles Times' Dylan Hernandez he passed up "some multiyear offers" over the fall, instead opting to sign a one-year qualifying offer with the Dodgers.

Now a prospective free agent following the 2016 season, Anderson will need to return from the procedure and perform at a high level to try to snag another long-term contract.

Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.


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