One surprising name that seemed to come through in a lot of trade rumors prior to the deadline was Colorado Rockies starter Brett Anderson. Especially with names like David Price, Jon Lester and John Lackey moving, it is surprising that GMs around the league even asked about Anderson. What was even more surprising is that the Rockies said he was untouchable, according to reports.
Not a week after the deadline has passed, Anderson is on the DL once again. He left Tuesday’s start with back spasms, and it is bad enough to keep him out for at least two weeks. The 26-year-old hasn’t pitched in at least 20 games since the 2009 season. He’s dealt with a myriad of injuries throughout his career, and they seem to keep piling on.
He was on his way to putting together a bounce-back season in just eight starts in 2014, but that is once again being halted. This is an especially hard blow for a Rockies team that is in the bottom five in every pitching category. Jorge De La Rosa is the only player to get to 20 starts already. Anderson with be the team’s seventh player on the DL right now, including four other pitchers. They also have star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and right fielder Michael Cuddyer on the shelf.
The career of Anderson will not be defined by this one injury, but if he doesn’t stay on the field for the next few years, it will go down as a general failure.