Anderson undergoes back surgery

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.