Brett Anderson At Least Has Humor About Always Being Injured
It's important to always have self deprecating humor. Without it, I think we are all destined to never laugh. That's why it's good for Brett Anderson to join in all of the fun the rest of us have at his expense.
Day 1: I made it through an infant level game of catch without anything on my body imploding/exploding.
— Brett Anderson (@BrettAnderson35) June 2, 2016
You see Anderson is just 28 years old, but has seemingly missed his entire career due to injury. After having a very solid rookie year, where he went 11-11, with a 4.06 ERA and striking out 150 batters, Anderson just couldn't stay healthy. In 2010, Anderson was very good going 7-6 with a 2.80 ERA in limited action. That's when it all fell off a cliff for him though.
A year later Anderson would have Tommy John surgery and miss most of the 2011 campaign. When he came back in 2012, Anderson struggled like most Tommy John patients. In 2013, after being named the Opening Day starter, it took Anderson just three weeks to get hurt again, as he sprained his ankle on April 19th. Except, it wasn't really a sprained ankle, but rather a stress fracture which took him until August to return from.
After the 2013 season, Anderson was traded to the Colorado Rockies. While Coors Field is already normally a death sentence for pitchers, Anderson couldn't stay healthy there either. In his third start of the season, Anderson broke his index finger. That injury kept him out until July. A month later, Anderson left a start with back stiffness, which later required back surgery.
2015 was Anderson's best year and the first time since his rookie season that he spent no time on the disabled list. Anderson wound up going 10-9 for the Dodgers, with a 3.69 ERA and 116 strikeouts. After accepting a qualifying offer following the season, Anderson needed another surgery on his back this past March. The surgery should keep him out for at least half of this season.
Alas, Anderson is on the road to recovery. For now.
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