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Anderson concerned he needs Tommy John surgery

Posted on: June 6, 2011 3:32 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 3:44 pm
AndersonBy Evan Brunell

The Athletics are getting more and more bad news on their rotation, as Brett Anderson is following up a five-inning, five-run outing against the Red Sox by returning to Oakland to get his elbow checked out, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

Anderson is concerned that he will need Tommy John surgery if his ulnar collateral ligament is torn. He battled left elbow soreness last season, hitting the DL twice for it, so there is a history here and cause for concern.

I attended the game last night and it was clear Anderson was struggling. He could not spot pitches where he wanted them, especially the curveball. He mentioned in the Chronicle that he was concerned about his slider's velocity, as it registered at an average speed of 80 mph, which he's been at all season. But last year, his slider was at 83-84 mph, so something is wrong. His fastball velocity has also dropped from an average of 92.1 mph to 90.9 -- not as steep a dip as the slider, but a dip nonetheless.

Oakland already has Dallas Braden and Brandon McCarthy hit the DL with injuries. Braden, who tossed a perfect game in 2010, is out for the year while McCarthy was one of the early-season surprises and was pitching well. The club has also lost rookie Tyson Ross, who was impressive in six starts after being pressed into duty thanks to the injuries. Oft-injured Rich Harden is also (unsurprisingly) on the DL. If Anderson needs to hit the DL, the club will have to call up Bobby Cramer to take his spot, and all of a sudden not only will the A's have an uninspiring rotation, they'll have zero depth to speak of.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 2:28 am

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Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:18 pm

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Posted on: June 7, 2011 5:28 pm
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Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:35 pm

Anderson concerned he needs Tommy John surgery

A's arent done yet guys. remember they are in the al west. not like they are so far behind. This team can still do it even though it s starting to look harder and harder. But Cahill and Gio have to keep pitching good if they want any chance. Im almost positive cahill will but gio has looked really shaky. I think management needs to go out and find a legitimate bat. but i dunno what they will do since im not a a's fan. although im starting to like them more and more. Phillies fan first and always but i really love this pitching staff and bullpen. if tyson ross can come back healthy i think a's will starting picking up the slack. hopefully the management cAN fork up the money to get a bat and try to show the fans of oakland a contender for once....Cause they have a shot this yr.....

Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 11:59 am

Anderson concerned he needs Tommy John surgery

I really thought this was going to be an A's year. It looked like an innings eating rotation that would just get the team on fire for a late season run when all other teams were breaking down. Kinda worked out the opposite. I'm sure the 100 Extra Innings hasn't helped. Plus, wouldn't you think this was the type of team that would win a ton of one-run games? Instead, they lose all those games.
Here we go again: Now where do they trade Crisp and DeJesus, and what can they get for them? 

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: June 6, 2011 5:14 pm

Anderson concerned he needs Tommy John surgery

Players who have Tommy John surgery, often have Tommy John surgery again...

Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: June 6, 2011 5:09 pm

Anderson concerned he needs Tommy John surgery

Why doesn't MLB take all pitchers and perform the Tommy John surgery on them before they take the mound professionally. This way there's no guess work about it and one less reason for playersw to go on the DL. Once MLB figures out how to cure hang nails that excuse can be eliminated as a DL excuse also.

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