By Evan Brunell
In a tough blow for the Athletics, Brett Anderson underwent surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. In other words, he had Tommy John surgery.
Anderson had just established himself as one of the best young left-handers in the game after posting a 2.80 ERA in 19 starts last season, this after a strong rookie showing in 2009 as well. He never looked quite right to start the year, experiencing a loss in velocity and struggling to command his curveball.
It's already the third disabled-list stint for the 23-year-old who is a virtual lock to miss the first half of 2012, nevermind the rest of the 2011 season. The A's had been hoping he would avoid surgery and tried giving him a platelet rich plasma injection, but he showed no signs of improving. The A's, who have slipped to last place and out of the postseason chase in the AL West, had banked on their young pitching to keep the team in contention after their offseason acquisitions failed to impress at bat.
Without Anderson, Oakland's prospects for contending in 2012 look a whole lot dimmer.
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