Brian Anderson's injury career-ending
LHP Brian Anderson''s latest injury is career-ending, manager Joe Maddon said.
"He's done,'' Maddon said.
Anderson, 35, was impressive in his attempt to comeback from two Tommy John surgeries and three years away from the majors, but he walked off the mound during Wednesday's game and an MRI Thursday morning showed significant injury - a torn ulnar collateral ligament and a torn flexor mass muscle (which is the muscle on the inside of the elbow). It is the third time he has torn the ligament and the second time he has torn the muscle.
"Obviously something went wrong with the repair,'' Maddon said immediately after Thursday's game in Fort Myers. "I don't know all the technicalities, I don't know all the exact verbiage of the whole thing, but I do know that he's done.''
Maddon said the Rays were excited about how Anderson could help on the mound and the presence he would add to their clubhouse.
"It's really a big disappointment,'' Maddon said."He was doing so well and we were starting to really count on the fact that he was going to help us this year.''
Anderson, who walked off the mound three batters into the sixth inning, had been considered ahead of schedule in his comeback, and the Rays were optimistic that, perhaps after spending some time in the minors to get back into a routine, he could be part of their bullpen. Maddon said Anderson had been clocked as high as 88 mph in Wednesday's game.