Source: Ian Anderson's Next Destination Known

Atlanta Braves pitcher Ian Anderson is ready to take the next step in his injury rehabilitation to get back to the big-league club.
Atlanta Braves pitcher Ian Anderson is scheduled to make his second rehab start before taking the next step.
Atlanta Braves pitcher Ian Anderson is scheduled to make his second rehab start before taking the next step. / Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
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Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Ian Anderson underwent Tommy John surgery in April of 2023 and has been diligently working towards his return to the big-league club this season.

Anderson made his first-rehab start last week in the FCL league. He was scheduled to make another FCL start on Tuesday, but plans have changed for the better.

According to a source, Anderson and former first-round pick JR Ritchie have swapped starting assignments and Anderson will make his appearance on Monday with Ritchie taking Anderson's Tuesday assignment.

The reason for the move - Anderson is expected to ship off on Tuesday to the high Single-A Rome Emperors for a series of rehab starts before his next move.

UPDATE 2:00 PM - According to source, the plan has changed to send Anderson to Augusta instead of Rome after an outing that saw Anderson give up three hits in three innings but only one earned run.

Anderson and the 22-year old Ritchie have been throwing partners in their recovery from the same surgery, but there's no word yet on the plan for Ritchie after his appearance tomorrow. Ritchie is considered the No. 4 prospect in the Braves' system according to Jonathan Mayo of

The Braves struggled through much of May and into June, but have been playing well as of late. They also appear to be getting fortified by players returning to form and from injury.

Max Fried has been fantastic recently and reliever A.J. Minter has taken another step towards his return.

The possible addition of Anderson during the second half of the season would add another arm to the arsenal. One that is comfortable pitching in high-leverage situations that the Braves expect to see in September and October.

Anderson has a career 1.26 ERA in eight-career postseason appearances. He would be a welcome addition to the rotation if the Braves can get that version of Anderson the second half and beyond.

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