Anderson suffers career-ending injury
Left-hander has torn ligament in surgically repaired elbow
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Rays manager Joe Maddon announced after Thursday's game with the Red Sox that left-handed pitcher Brian Anderson has suffered a career-ending injury.
Anderson left the mound with a 2-1 count on the Yankees' Bobby Abreu during a game on Wednesday. An MRI exam on Thursday morning revealed a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow and a torn flexor mass muscle, the inside of the elbow. Anderson has already had two Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgeries on the elbow.
Anderson, 35, signed a Minor League contract with the Rays in January. A former No. 1 pick (third overall) by the Angels in the 1993 First-Year Player Draft, he underwent his first Tommy John surgery in July 2005, and then had another performed a year later. He had not appeared in a big league game since early in 2005 and pitched just an inning over two games for the Rays this spring.
"It can't be repaired; he's done," Maddon said. "It's really a big disappointment. He was doing so well, and we were starting to count on the fact that he would be able to help us this year. It really was looking like he would be able to, both on the mound and in the clubhouse. He's an exceptional young man, and it's really a tough one.
"He came into this camp and, according to the doctor, everything was in pretty good shape. He was throwing up to 88 mph the other day when it kind of just went again. He was really sharp, he was looking good. It's a sad situation, because this young man could have really helped us. He's good people, too. He's really good people."
Maureen Mullen is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.