Anderson was placed on the Disabled List back in 2011 and eventually was forced to undergo Tommy John surgery. He missed the majority of the 2012 season with the injury, but came back to pitch a gem in the playoffs against the eventual AL Champion Detroit Tigers.
The 25-year-old has already been named the opening day starter for the Athletics, but the fireballer has not pitched his best baseball this spring.
On Thursday, Anderson started a spring game against the Cincinnati Reds. Anderson lasted just 4.2 innings and got rocked the entire game. He gave up nine runs (eight earned) on nine hits and even walked two batters.
The southpaw also gave up two home runs in the game, one to 3B Todd Frazier and the other to OF Derrick Robinson. Anderson had the bases full all afternoon and it was easily his worst outing of the spring.
Anderson was 4-2 in six starts last season. He had a glimmering 2.57 ERA and an even better 1.03 WHIP. In 35 innings of work, he struck out 25 batters and only walked seven. However, the injury seemed to derail his maturation as a pitcher and kept him from gaining some real big league experience.
Anderson was a reliable third starter last year when healthy, but don’t be so quick to grab this struggling ace. He is coming off the dreaded elbow surgery and his poor spring showing does not look promising. I would rather take a shot on a starter that is pitching well, as opposed to someone that has more earned runs than innings pitched this spring.