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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Rockies Injury Update: Brett Anderson will have back surgery Thursday

By on 8/12/2014 10:30:00 AM

The Colorado Rockies fell to 46-72 on the season after a 4-3 loss to the San Diego Padres last night. At 21 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West, it's been a dismal season for the Rockies. Injuries to key players have taken its toll on the Rockies, who just got word that pitcher Brett Anderson will have back surgery and be lost for the rest of the season.

Our own Nathaniel Reeves reported on August 10 that Anderson left his last start due to back spasms and was placed on the 15-day disabled list.  The Rockies were waiting on the results of an MRI to determine Anderson's fate for the remainder of the season.

An update on Anderson, as reported by Thomas Harding of, is that he will undergo surgery to repair a disk in his lower back on Thursday.  Anderson's left his last start on August 5 and the back issue did not respond to treatment. Dr Chris Yeung will perform the operation and unless there are other issues in the back, Anderson's recovery time is expected to be five months.

It's been a nightmarish season for Anderson, who had missed three months with a broken left index finger. He finishes the season having started only eight games, going 1-3 with a 2.91 ERA. In 92 career games with the A's and the Rockies, Anderson is 27-32 with a 3.73 ERA.

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