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Monday, August 11, 2014

Rockies’ Brett Anderson likely done for season with bulging disc

Anderson is the pitcher version of Nick Johnson.

Colorado Rockies starter Brett Anderson has been diagnosed with a bulging disc in his back and is likely to miss the remainder of the season, Rockies trainer Keith Dugger told reporters Sunday.

Anderson will see a specialist Monday to determine the next step in his treatment.

The left-hander was forced to leave his start last Tuesday after just three innings when his back locked up, at which point the Rockies said Anderson was likely headed to the disabled list. He missed three months earlier this season with a fractured index finger.

Anderson has an extensive history of injuries, having not made more than 19 starts in a year since his rookie season in 2009. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2011 and missed almost four months last season due to a stress fracture in his foot.

The 26-year-old recorded a 2.91 ERA in his eight starts this season. Traded to Colorado from the Oakland Athletics before this season, Anderson has a $12 million club option or a $1.5 million buyout for 2015.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2014 at 10:14 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. puck Posted: August 11, 2014 at 11:24 AM (#4768495)
CarGo was also put on the 15-day DL for tendinitis in a knee that's been bothering him from time to time this season. Is he the new Kal Daniels?
   2. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: August 11, 2014 at 11:33 AM (#4768507)
Can't believe Oakland got Drew Pomeranz for him. The #### were the Rockies thinking?
   3. Ron J2 Posted: August 11, 2014 at 12:00 PM (#4768535)
#2 They were thinking that the previous dozen or so injuries were just a run of bad luck.

I assume they consulted somebody like Steve Ontiveros and were told that a prior history of arm problems is no reason to be concerned.
   4. Perry Posted: August 11, 2014 at 12:32 PM (#4768569)
#2 They were thinking that the previous dozen or so injuries were just a run of bad luck.


Some of them WERE pretty bizarre, and seemed unrelated to each other. And continuing that trend, the broken finger that cost him most of this season came when he hit a ball OFF THE END OF THE BAT. How the hell does that happen? Only the Rockies.

In other news, as noted, Cargo may be out for the year with that patellar tendinitis that's restricted him all year. And Tulo -- remember Tulo? -- is "not close to rejoining the team or going on a minor-league rehab assignment," according to today's Post. While he's "feeling better, multiple doctors are being consulted to try to isolate what's causing his continuing discomfort.

"'It could be a hip labrum or something like that...' [the Rockies' trainer] said."

Same as it ever was.....
   5. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: August 11, 2014 at 12:42 PM (#4768576)
   6. Shooty is obsessed with the latest hoodie Posted: August 11, 2014 at 12:44 PM (#4768578)
Take your bulging disc to the Kate Upton thread, perverts.
   7. Ron J2 Posted: August 11, 2014 at 01:01 PM (#4768596)
#4 Tom Evans had a lot of out of the ordinary injuries. An old favorite poster (Spooky) from the Toronto NG summed it up in a couple of posts:

Evans was asked about how his hand was feeling (injured just as a spot in the bigs opened up for him, finally.) Hands feelin' alright. Too bad that, just as it healed, Evens took a hard hit in the face.

The eye and left side of the face look nasty, but Evans says he's lucky. It would have been worse getting hit right in the teeth or had the ball caught the rim of his eye-socket rather than the squooshy part of the eye, dead on. Passed the catscan with flying colours.

And how's the old shoulder injury, and surgery, doing? Well, the arm feels a lot better. What about the *other* surgery? Both shoulder surgeries feel fine right now.

As Evans left the booth, an Acme grand piano fell on him and squashed him like a bug. Before paramedics could arrive on the scene, an iron safe, quickly followed by an overhanging rock formation, descended in rapid succession.

And:

The timing of the injuries is weird, too: every single time Lucky Evans is pencilled into the lineup, *BOOM* ... disaster strikes. His latest injury won't require surgery, so barring another freak accident*, he'll finally get decent MLB playing time this year. (Didn't happen, RNJ)

* If anyone's starting a pool on Lucky's next injury, put me down for "torn apart by wild animals".

Some guys just aren't meant to play in the big leagues.
   8. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 11, 2014 at 01:03 PM (#4768598)
Take your bulging disc to the Kate Upton thread, perverts.


More of a cylinder than a disc for most guys, I think.
   9. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 11, 2014 at 02:27 PM (#4768667)
Jeez. If I were this guy, I'd seriously consider having them throw in another Tommy John while I'm going to be out anyway.
   10. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: August 11, 2014 at 02:39 PM (#4768677)

Jeez. If I were this guy, I'd seriously consider having them throw in another Tommy John while I'm going to be out anyway.


Luckily, his surgical punch card just got filled, so it shouldn't cost a thing.

   11. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: August 11, 2014 at 02:48 PM (#4768687)
Natalie: On page 66, halfway down in the NFL injury report, it says "Collins is expected to miss practice this week, the result of a bulging disk."

Dan: Yeah?

Natalie: There's a typo on the TelePrompter. They left out the 's.'

Casey: Collins is expected to be sidelined a week to 10 days with a bulging di-Uh Oh.

Dan: Whoa. That's a big 10-4.

Casey: My next line in the script was "Let's go to the videotape."

Natalie: We might have gotten some phone calls.
   12. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2014 at 03:07 PM (#4768703)
I thought Anderson was a decent buy-low candidate, and I wasn't very high on Pomeranz. It didn't work.
   13. The District Attorney Posted: August 11, 2014 at 03:25 PM (#4768722)
Anderson is the pitcher version of Nick Johnson.
Or the pitcher version of Josh Johnson...

Pomeranz, of course, is currently toiling for Sacramento, despite a 2.91 ERA in the majors and now a 3.12 in the PCL. Would anyone bet anything meaningful that he's worse than Jason Hammel? The A's trade history seems to suggest a team that thought bolstering the #3 and 4 spots in the rotation was critical... and then decided a couple of weeks later that they were wrong about that, and what you really need in the postseason is an ace. I suspect that if you had told the A's they could get Lester for Cespedes, they'd still have Addison Russell right now. However, they didn't know that (assuming, that is, that Boston wasn't willing to trade Lester a couple of weeks earlier.)

We probably all know this, but #11 is based on an actual SportsCenter moment.
   14. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: August 11, 2014 at 04:03 PM (#4768773)
"'It could be a hip labrum or something like that...' [the Rockies' trainer] said."

It's one of those obscure labrums you probably haven't heard of. Better than a totally uncool labrum.
   15. theboyqueen Posted: August 11, 2014 at 04:31 PM (#4768812)
Pomeranz, of course, is currently toiling for Sacramento, despite a 2.91 ERA in the majors and now a 3.12 in the PCL. Would anyone bet anything meaningful that he's worse than Jason Hammel? The A's trade history seems to suggest a team that thought bolstering the #3 and 4 spots in the rotation was critical... and then decided a couple of weeks later that they were wrong about that, and what you really need in the postseason is an ace. I suspect that if you had told the A's they could get Lester for Cespedes, they'd still have Addison Russell right now. However, they didn't know that (assuming, that is, that Boston wasn't willing to trade Lester a couple of weeks earlier.)


I am pretty sure the trade history suggests that they want the best rotation top-to-bottom they can assemble. I think they were mainly after Samardzija with the Cubs trade, and got Hammel as a bonus. Hammel has been pretty decent in his last two starts but I am a bit skeptical; he seems to have trouble putting people away after getting to two strikes and his last two starts he has looked lucky. Samardzija looks like an awesome pitcher who has been a bit unlucky. Pomeranz is rehabbing an injury, isn't he? Whatever it is with him it's a nice problem to have.

Also, all these trades made Milone expendable and allowed them to get Fuld, who has been a really useful player. The more assets the better...
   16. Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: August 11, 2014 at 05:30 PM (#4768865)
FWIW, Robothal said on the last Keri podcast that the A's could have gotten either Samardzija or Price for Addison Russell, but went with the Cubs (a) to get two pitchers instead of one, and (b) to avoid being on the hook for $20+ million in arbitration with Price.

One point he didn't address but was wondering: does Price>Tigers happen if Lester>A's doesn't?

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