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A's Anderson has Tommy John surgery

Posted on: July 14, 2011 11:56 am
Edited on: July 14, 2011 12:03 pm
 
By Evan Brunell

AndersonIn 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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Category: MLB
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hotmeuly
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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2011 5:57 pm
 

A's Anderson has Tommy John surgery

First Dallas Braden and now...Brett Anderson. Might as well have the remaining starters undergo TJ surgery to save time and maybe get a group discount. The A's continue to expereince more injuries than any other team in MLB...and their lack of depth makes it really difficult to overcome an endless string injuries. Seriously, does anyone really expect Oakland to find another gem like Guillermo Moscoso from within their minor leagues?


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