Los Angeles Dodgers saw Brett Anderson’s return skid to an end not long after it began. He was roughed up by the Pittsburgh Pirates for five runs in the first inning, and suffered a sprained wrist on a diving attempt at a grounder.
Anderson remained in the game after injuring his wrist, and retired Pirates starter Chad Kuhl to end the inning. The southpaw has dealt with a multitude of injuries throughout his eight-year big league career.
Anderson began this season on the 60-day disabled list after undergoing surgery in March to repair a bulging disc in his back. It was the second back surgery of his career.
While the sprained wrist threw the Dodgers’ rotation for another spin, Anderson expressed hope he’d make a quick return.
The 28-year-old already reported improvement and will test the wrist by throwing a bullpen session in anticipation of starting Saturday, according to Andy McCullough of the LA Times:
For now, Brett Anderson is scheduled to start Saturday. He is recovering from a wrist injury suffered in a disastrous outing Sunday. He played catch Tuesday and reported a full range of motion with his arm. He will throw a bullpen session later this week as a checkpoint.
Anderson wasn’t the only Dodgers starter to get hurt in the past week as Brandon McCarthy was placed on the disabled list with right hip stiffness that has affected him since fielding a bunt in the second inning on Aug. 2.
McCarthy joins Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Alex Wood and Bud Norris as starting pitchers who are currently on the DL. Though, Norris is expected to be activated Friday to start the series opener against the Cincinnati Reds.