The Cleveland Indians will be down one arm in the bullpen for the entire 2017 season. The team announced on Sunday morning that right-hander Cody Anderson will undergo Tommy John surgery, forcing him to be sidelined for the entire year.
Some good news and bad on health front for Tribe. Brantley to make spring debut Monday. Kipnis out 4-5 weeks. Anderson to have TJ surgery. pic.twitter.com/GNENBxmkRL
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) March 19, 2017
This is also the second procedure since November for the 26-year-old.
Anderson underwent an arthroscopic debridement of his right elbow following the 2016 season, which culminated in the Indians winning the American League pennant. The procedure put Anderson on the sideline for eight weeks, but early in camp, he was throwing well until his elbow started acting up again. Earlier in the month, the righty was diagnosed with a sprained UCL in his right elbow. He underwent a MRI after telling team trainers that he felt discomfort in his elbow.
This is certainly a blow to the Indians’ depth. Anderson, Ryan Merritt, Mike Clevinger, Adam Plutko and Shawn Morimando were slated to the begin the season with Triple-A Columbus.
Anderson fared well in 2015, drumming up a 7-3 record alongside a 3.05 ERA over the course of 15 starts with the Tribe. Last year was a different story, however, as Anderson finished 2-5 with a 6.68 ERA in 19 games. He was slotted on the Indians’ postseason roster in the ALDS and ALCS, but did not pitch.
It is only March, and yet, manager Terry Francona will be busy keeping tabs on injuries. Despite outfielder Michael Brantley being poised to return after missing essentially the entire 2016 season, second baseman Jason Kipnis will also be down for several weeks as he deals with shoulder discomfort.