Anderson (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list Friday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
The move was an expected one, as it was previously reported that Anderson's partially torn elbow ligament would keep him out past the midpoint of the season. The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the Rays to add Andrew Kittredge.
Anderson expects to try a platelet-rich plasma injection or stem cell treatment to address his partially torn elbow ligament, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Anderson's elbow woes are expected to keep him out until after the All-Star break. He's not planning on undergoing surgery at this point, though the aforementioned treatments don't have a 100 percent success rate, so he may be forced to change his plans eventually. Diego Castillo and Pete Fairbanks look like the top ninth-inning options in his absence, though the Rays are famously creative with their pitchers' roles, so it's always possible someone else enters the picture.
Anderson (elbow) has a partial tear of his elbow ligament and is likely to remain out beyond the All-Star break, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Anderson has been battling an elbow issue since March 17 and showed decreased velocity in his latest spring training appearance. Surgery has not been recommended, leaving open the possibility that he could return at some point late in the season. The injury removes Anderson from the Rays' closer picture, leaving Diego Castillo and Pete Fairbanks as the most likely pitchers to account for saves.
Anderson began dealing with right elbow tightness last week and was throwing about 90-91 mph Wednesday against the Twins, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The elbow issue apparently first surfaced March 17 and led the 30-year-old to take a few days off. He returned to game action Wednesday throwing about four ticks below his usual fastball velocity. Anderson wasn't throwing at max effort, but manager Kevin Cash still admitted "there's a level of concern." The team plans to see how the right-hander looks Thursday, and he could undergo further evaluation if the elbow remains an issue.
Anderson has been credited with a hold in each of his first two Grapefruit League appearances, firing two clean frames during which he's recorded two strikeouts.
It's a very small sample, but Anderson has put on a pretty convincing impression of the late-inning dominator he was throughout the regular season last year before running out of gas in the postseason. The 30-year-old pitched to a career-best 0.55 ERA and 0.49 WHIP across 19 appearances in 2020, displaying his versatility by garnering six holds and saves apiece. Anderson is likely to see some save opportunities again in 2021, as manager Kevin Cash could well deploy a closer-by-committee approach.
Anderson spent most of the offseason in St. Petersburg instead of his native Minneapolis to work out at a new facility with the goal of enhancing mobility and strength, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
The right-hander took his normal amount of time off after the Rays' postseason ended, which means he's a bit behind what is his typical spring schedule. Nevertheless, Anderson has already thrown one bullpen session and is set for another in the coming days as he begins gearing up for the new campaign. After a dominant regular season during which he posted a career-best 0.55 ERA and 0.49 WHIP across 19 appearances, Anderson clearly struggled with fatigue in the postseason while giving up at least one earned run in each of his last seven October appearances.
Anderson (2-1) was credited with the win against the Phillies on Friday, firing a scoreless eighth inning during which he allowed no hits and issued one walk.
Anderson was slightly less efficient than usual, throwing only half of his 16 pitches for strikes and walking his third batter this year. However, the right-hander still managed his fourth consecutive scoreless effort, and he became the pitcher of record when Joey Wendle laced a go-ahead two-run single in the home half of the eighth, which proved to be the difference in the contest. Anderson will likely continue to be one of manager Kevin Cash's most trusted bullpen assets in the postseason.
Anderson struck out one batter in a perfect ninth inning Monday, earning the save against the Mets.
Despite retiring the Mets 5-6-7 hitters in order, Anderson needed 21 pitches to get out of the inning thanks to an 11-pitch at-bat by Robinson Cano. The 30-year-old righty now owns a stellar 0.60 ERA and 25:2 K:BB across 15 innings this season.
Anderson (1-1) was charged with the loss in an extra-inning defeat at the hands of the Nationals on Wednesday, allowing a hit on two runs (one earned) over one inning while striking out the side.
The normally reliable right-hander finally faltered, surrendering a two-run home run to Luis Garcia with inning-opening baserunner Carter Kieboom aboard in the 10th to snap a 2-2 tie. Anderson rebounded to mow down Victor Robles, Michael Taylor and Jake Noll on swinging strikeouts, but he was ultimately saddled with the loss when the Nationals' Kyle McGowin returned the favor against a trio of Rays in the home half of the frame. Despite the stumble, Anderson now has an eye-popping 22:2 K:BB across 13 innings, with just 23 of the 47 batters he's faced successfully putting the ball in play against him.
Anderson struck out both the batters he faced to record his fifth save of the season in Tuesday's 6-1 win over the Nationals.
The Rays seemingly had a comfortable lead heading into the ninth inning, but after Ryan Sherriff loaded the bases with one out, Anderson got the call with the tying run on deck and stopped the Nats' rally dead in its tracks. The 30-year-old still has an unblemished ERA on the season that's accompanied by a 0.50 WHIP, 19:2 K:BB, a win and five holds in addition to his saves.
Anderson (forearm) threw a scoreless ninth inning against the Marlins on Friday to earn his fourth save of the season. He struck out one batter and issued one walk.
Activated earlier in the day, Anderson was thrust into a save chance in his very first appearance back from a forearm injury. He needed 22 pitches to record three outs, but Anderson got the job done, and manager Kevin Cash's bullpen management Friday hints at Anderson being the preferred closing option moving forward. Peter Fairbanks and Diego Castillo pitched the seventh and eighth innings, respectively.
Anderson (forearm) was activated from the 10-day injured list Friday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
The 30-year-old threw a successful simulated game Wednesday and is now ready to rejoin the Rays after missing the past two-plus weeks with right forearm inflammation. Anderson has allowed only four hits with a 15:1 K:BB through 9.1 innings this year, and he should reclaim a high-leverage role for manager Kevin Cash, including save chances.
Anderson (forearm) threw a successful sim game Wednesday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Manager Kevin Cash said that Anderson's bullpen session Monday was "very encouraging," and he had another positive update regarding his throwing session Wednesday. The right-hander could potentially return for the Rays' weekend series against the Marlins as long as he continues to respond well.
Anderson (forearm) is scheduled to throw a simulated game Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The right-hander threw a live batting practice session Monday which manager Kevin Cash called "very encouraging," as he appears to be nearing his return from the injured list. If all goes well during Wednesday's sim game, Anderson could be activated for the weekend series against the Marlins.
Anderson (forearm) completed what manager Kevin Cash said was a "very encouraging" live batting practice session Monday in Port Charlotte, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
This news comes on the heels of Anderson completing a successful 15-pitch bullpen session Saturday. The fact Anderson looked good against live hitters 48 hours later led Cash to remark the hard-throwing reliever could very well be ready for activation when the Rays return from their road trip Friday.
Anderson (forearm) threw a 15-pitch bullpen session Saturday and will likely also throw a live bullpen Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Manager Kevin Cash was fairly optimistic Wednesday that Anderson would be able to come off the 10-day injured list when first eligible Sunday. However, it appears as though the 30-year-old needs to complete at least one more successful throwing session before rejoining the team. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported that Anderson is now on track to be activated when the Rays return home to face the Marlins in a series starting next Friday.
Manager Kevin Cash expressed optimism that Anderson (forearm) will be ready to return from the 10-day injured list Sunday when first eligible, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Cash reiterated Tuesday that Anderson was "doing well" since being shut down over the weekend with right forearm inflammation, but the skipper didn't specify whether the 30-year-old has resumed throwing. Assuming Anderson can at least complete a pain-free bullpen session within the next few days, he'll have a good chance at meeting his goal of an abbreviated stay on the IL. Anderson had been dominant at the back of the Tampa Bay bullpen prior to hitting the shelf, converting three saves while turning in a 0.54 WHIP and a 15:1 K:BB over 9.1 scoreless innings.
Anderson and manager Kevin Cash both indicated that the forearm issue that landed the right-hander on the 10-day injured list Sunday isn't considered serious, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "Not really worried," Anderson said. "Honestly, a couple days off and [I'll] kind of get back in the swing of things. Should be good in a week or so."
Players are generally more optimistic about quick returns from injury than club officials, but since Cash was similarly confident that Anderson would be in line for a brief stint on the IL, Anderson's words hold more merit. According to Cash, Anderson was given Thursday off after appearing in games the previous two days, but the right-hander informed the coaching staff he didn't feel right while playing catch Friday. Tampa Bay sent Anderson in for an MRI over the weekend that didn't reveal anything overly concerning, but the team still opted to err on the side of caution by shutting him down. While Anderson is on the mend, the Rays will likely turn to Diego Castillo as their preferred option for save situations.
The Rays placed Anderson on the 10-day injured list Sunday with right forearm inflammation, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.
Anderson becomes the ninth key Rays pitcher to head to the IL, and the most significant bullpen arm. Though manager Kevin Cash has leaned on multiple pitchers in save situations this season, Anderson has led the Rays' closer committee, converting all three of his save chances while tossing 9.1 scoreless innings and posting a 0.54 WHIP and 15:1 K:BB. While Anderson is sidelined, Diego Castillo now looks to be the best bet for saves out of the Tampa Bay bullpen.
Anderson was credited with his fourth hold in a win over the Yankees on Wednesday, firing a perfect eighth inning during which he recorded two strikeouts.
Anderson mowed through the trio of Luke Voit, Gio Urshela and Mike Ford on just 13 pitches, nine of which he threw for strikes. The right-hander extended his season-opening scoreless streak to 11 appearances in the process, and he now owns a sparkling 15:1 K:BB over 9.1 innings to go along with four holds and three saves.
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