Anderson agreed to a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays on Monday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports. The move is pending a physical, which could be an obstacle seeing as Anderson was on the 60-day disabled list earlier in the year with a back issue. If everything checks out with his physical, he'll likely start out with Triple-A Buffalo as he tries to work his way into the big-league rotation. Anderson struggled with the Cubs earlier in the year, posting an 8.18 ERA across six starts before landing on the disabled list.
Anderson was released by the Cubs on Wednesday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. The veteran left-hander was designated for assignment on July 26, and given his wealth of MLB experience, it comes as no surprise that he didn't accept the outright assignment. He'll look to latch on with a team in need of a back-end starter, although a minor-league contract may be more likely in his case given his rough 8.18 ERA in the Cubs' rotation this season.
The Cubs activated Anderson (back) from the 60-day disabled list Wednesday and designated him for assignment, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. It seems Anderson has been over the back injury for quite some time, as he had just completed his sixth rehab start with Double-A Tennessee on July 20, working up to six innings in that outing. Despite seemingly being back to full strength, Anderson struggled to a 4.67 ERA and 1.59 WHIP during those rehab starts, and with no spot for him in the big-league rotation following the recent acquisition of Jose Quintana, the Cubs decided to cut bait with the injury-prone lefty. Anderson's modest one-year contract and solid career track record may prompt a club to roll the dice on him via trade or a waiver pickup, but if he resurfaces in another rotation, he'll probably need to show improved performance before those in deeper mixed or only leagues can invest in him with much confidence.
Anderson (back) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Tennessee on Sunday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Anderson continues to slowly work his way back from a back injury that has kept him on the shelf since early May. Seeing as he's been sidelined for such an extended period of time, he'll likely need to make multiple rehab starts before being ready to rejoin the big club.
Anderson (back) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Thursday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. The move to the 60-day disabled list opens a spot on the 40-man roster for Seth Frankoff, whose contract was selected in a corresponding move. Fortunately, there is no reported setback accompanying Anderson's move over to the 60-day DL, so his timetable for a return isn't greatly affected. Anderson has been on the shelf since early-May, so a return shortly before the All-Star break remains a possibility.
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