I don’t like writing these types of articles, but I hate to say I told you so….Dodgers. I called it during spring training. There was no way that starters Brett Anderson and Brandon McCarthy were going to contribute much or anything at all this season. The Anderson and McCarthy signings have been resounding failures. Both pitchers have become unathletic, injury riddled messes.
In McCarthy’s defense at least he was able to give the Dodgers a few decent starts before going back on the disabled list with a hip injury. As for Anderson, he is more useless than ever before. I think it’s time the Dodgers cut bait with both of these guys. Especially because there are younger healthier pitchers waiting in the minors.
The Dodgers originally signed left hander Anderson and tall right hander McCarthy in December of 2014. Anderson has had a long and established history of injuries throughout his career. He tossed 175 innings in his first season with the Oakland A’s. The only other season in his entire career that he was able to pitch more than 175 innings was last year when he threw 180 for the Dodgers.
He simply can’t stay healthy. This off-season the Dodgers offered him a qualifying offer (15.8 million dollars) and he took it. The one-year contract looked reasonable at the time considering Anderson finished with a 10-9 record and a 3.69 ERA in 180 innings pitched. He wasn’t spectacular last year, but he was able to stay on the mound and gave the Dodgers some decent innings. Forget about his horrendous outing in game 3 of the NLDS against the Mets.
The unproductive injury plagued Anderson popped up again this season. Before exhibition games even began, Anderson threw out his back during a bullpen session. After an MRI the Dodgers found out that he had a herniated disc in his back and would require 3-5 months of recovery time after surgery. His career has been a cornucopia of injuries that have ranged from Tommy John surgery, fractured feet, another back injury and a fractured finger.
Anderson made several rehab starts at single-A Rancho before his season debut with the big club on Sunday afternoon against the Pirates. Unsurprisingly the debut was a disaster. The pudgy left hander allowed 5 earned runs in one inning of work before having to come out with another injury. He allowed two home runs to Sean Rodriguez and Jordy Mercer before falling off the mound to field a grounder and hurting his left wrist. Anderson threw 30 pitches in the loss.
Nobody expects Anderson to pitch with a stiff wrist. However all of the runs he allowed were before he injured his wrist. So what was the excuse? I don’t know. I know baseball is hard. It’s Anderson’s job to be prepared. He had 3 rehab starts to be ready for Sunday’s game. The wrist injury is not expected to be serious, but the Dodgers are not sure if he will be ready for his next start or when he will pitch again.
Anderson is a nice guy. I hope he is able to come back healthy and be a productive member of the Dodger’s pitching staff. I want to see him succeed. However the Dodgers are in a playoff race and are in dire need of healthy starting pitchers down the stretch.
I have major doubts that Anderson can stay healthy this season. I know you can’t judge a season on one start but the Dodgers don’t have time to be messing around with another injured pitcher. I think it’s time for the Dodgers to cut bait at this point.