According to multiple sources, including the San Francisco Chronicle, A’s left-hander Brett Anderson underwent Tommy John Surgery (reconstructive elbow surgery) this morning. Dr. James Andrews, who performed the operation, expects Anderson to be out for at least a year.
At 23, Anderson’s career has been limited by various injuries. When healthy, Anderson has the makings of a true ace. Unfortunately, Anderson’s health is seemingly always in question.
The A’s, who currently sit in last place in the American League West, have pitching depth, so losing Anderson for the season isn’t a crippling blow. The A’s have already lost Dallas Braden for the year as well, so it can’t get much worse.
Susan Slusser of the SF Chronicle notes that several A’s players have had procedure, including Grant Balfour, Andrew Bailey, Joey Devine, and Josh Outman. Typically the recovery time ranges from one to two years, but I’m sure Oakland is hoping Anderson isn’t out for too long.
In 13 starts this season, Anderson went 3-6 with a 4.00 ERA. Last year, he was 7-6 with a 2.80 ERA in 19 starts.