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Brett Anderson likely finished for the season with a back injury

Aug 10, 2014, 6:05 PM EST

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Rockies starter Brett Anderson is likely done for the year due to a bulging disk in his back, MLB.com’s Thomas Harding reports. The bulge is located at the L4-L5 vertebrae in his lower back.

Anderson shut the Cubs out on one hit in his most recent start on Tuesday, but left after three innings. He had previously missed three months of the season between mid-April and mid-July due to a fractured index finger. In 43 1/3 innings spanning eight starts this season, Anderson pitched well, posting a 2.91 ERA with a 29/13 K/BB ratio.

The Rockies have a $12 million club option with a $1.5 million buyout on Anderson’s contract for the 2015 season. The Rockies did not deal the lefty at the trade deadline. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported that the club planned to pick up his option or sign him to an extension. It will be interesting to see if their enthusiasm wanes given his latest injury.

  1. corky2141 - Aug 10, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Shut them out…in 3 innings?

  2. weaselpuppy - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Monfort is an ingrate, clown and silver spoon momma’s boy.

  3. blzr409 - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    At season’s end Anderson will have 6 full seasons of MLB service time, but will fail to reach 500 innings pitched. He’s just one of those guys who you can never count on to stay healthy. He made it over 175 innings in his rookie year, followed it up with 112 1/3 in 2010, dropped down to 83 1/3 in 2011, and has now failed to throw 50 innings in 3 straight seasons.

  4. tuberippin - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Brett Anderson is the second coming of Rich Harden. Both products of the Oakland A’s farm system that were highly-regarded and anticipated to be rotation anchors for years. Both men who were fantastic pitchers when healthy, but have almost never been healthy for a full season.

    At least Harden had those 2005 and 2008 seasons though, where he pitched over 100 innings. Brett Anderson had his 2010 season when he pitched 112 1/3 innings with a 147 ERA+. This year his ERA+ was at 146 while pitching for Colorado (as opposed to pitching for Oakland during that 2010 season), but if you’re only pitching 43 innings it’s not a lot of value.

    Here’s hoping we get to see at least one full season of what Brett Anderson can do, if his body is willing to take the beating for a full 162 game season.

  5. bigmeechy74 - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    This guy makes grady sizemore look like cal ripken jr

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