Anderson underwent an arthroscopic debridement of his right elbow Wednesday and will resume throwing in eight weeks, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports. He is expected to be ready for Opening Day, although he may not be ready to pitch in games at the outset of spring training. Anderson will be stretched out as a starter, despite his lack of success in that role last year. He has some intriguing pitches that suggest he could make a leap at some point, but for now he should operate as a swing man.
Anderson will prepare for the 2017 season as a starting pitcher, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Anderson was used primarily as a reliever during the 2016 season due to major struggles as a starter, although the Indians are holding out hope that the 26-year-old can revert back to his 2015 form, where he put up a 3.05 ERA across 15 starts. That being said, becoming a reliever isn't completely out of the question, but for the moment, the Indians brass would like to treat Anderson as rotation depth, which could hurt his chances of making the big league roster out of spring training with Danny Salazar and Carlos Carrasco (hand) back in the fold.
Anderson is listed as the probable starter for Saturday's game against the White Sox. The 26-year-old will be called upon to make his ninth start of the season, replacing Carlos Carrasco, who is done for the year with a broken hand. It will probably end up being a bullpen game for the Indians, as Anderson hasn't thrown more than 35 pitches in an appearance at any level since July and thus may not be able to provide much length.
Anderson was recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Thursday. Anderson has allowed just one run and recorded 10 strikeouts over his last 7.1 innings of relief pitching with Columbus, bringing his ERA down to 3.62 for the year. However, he's yet to find his groove with the big club. After 13 games (including eight starts) with the Indians, Anderson has a hefty 7.15 ERA and 1.65 WHIP. He's also given up 12 home runs across just 50.1 innings with Cleveland this season.
Anderson was sent to Triple-A Columbus on Thursday. Anderson made four appearances in relief since his July 22 call-up -- his first two were scoreless, but he allowed four earned runs over 4.2 innings in his last two. He's been back and forth from the minors since losing his starting gig, but he'll head back to Columbus on Thursday, where he owns a 4.32 ERA over six starts.