Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson is set to be sidelined for three to five months after he underwent back surgery on Thursday.
Anderson, who agreed to a $15.8 million qualifying offer in November last year, was diagnosed with a bulging disk in his lower back on Wednesday and subsequently went under the knife at a hospital in Phoenix, according to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts
Roberts admitted that is a huge blow to lose Anderson for such a lengthy period of time, especially considering that the 28-year-old was a projected starter for the Dodgers.
“I was surprised, I was shocked,” Roberts told reporters. “We didn’t think our depth would be tested so early.”
Last season, Anderson finished 10-9 with a 3.69 ERA, while also recording career-highs in starts and innings with 31 and 180 1/3 respectively.