Dodgers’ Brett Anderson to miss three to five months after back surgery

Thursday March 3rd, 2016

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson will miss three to five months after undergoing surgery on a bulging disk in his back, the team announced Thursday.

Anderson pitched a career high 180 1/3 innings for the Dodgers last season, despite missing all of September with a calf injury. He also underwent surgery for a herniated disk in 2014, making only eight starts for the Rockies that season.

“I haven’t talked to him since yesterday, but I’m certain he’s disappointed,” manager Dave Roberts said. “He felt coming into spring training he was in fantastic shape and had a great winter, and so for this to happen, I’m sure he’s very disappointed.”

Anderson started the most games of his career in 2015, the first time he played in 30 games since his rookie year. In 31 starts, Anderson went 10–9 with a 3.69 ERA.

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Los Angeles signed Anderson to a one-year, $15.8 million contract earlier this off-season. In his career, Anderson is 37–41 with 502 strikeouts and a 3.72 ERA.

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