2016 Dodgers in Review: LHP Brett Anderson

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What happened in 2016: Spent most of the season recovering from back surgery, making just four appearances (three starts and one in relief).

Brett Anderson started the 2016 season on the disabled list after sustaining a back injury in Spring Training that required surgery. He didn’t appear in a game until Aug. 14, when he made a start against the Pirates. In his first inning back, he allowed five runs on five hits (two home runs) and a walk. Anderson might have kept going, but he left after just one frame due to a right wrist injury. The Dodgers lost that game, 11-3.

Anderson made another start on Aug. 20, this time in Cincinnati. He made it through three innings this time, allowing six runs on nine hits (one home run) and two walks while striking out one. Anderson left that start due to a blister on his left index finger, and the Dodgers lost that game, 11-1. That injury landed him back on the disabled list.

A month later, on Sept. 22, Anderson returned to action with five innings of four-run ball against the Rockies. Those four runs came on six hits (one home run) and a walk. The Dodgers won that game, 7-4.

Anderson’s fourth and final appearance of the season was two and a third innings of relief in San Diego on Sept. 29. He allowed five hits, but no runs, and struck out two batters. The Dodgers won that game, 9-4.

Anderson did not make the postseason roster for either the Division or Championship Series.

Sooo yeah, needless to say, it’s not the best sign when the season review can dedicate a paragraph to every appearance a pitcher made for the year.

2017 status: Signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Cubs.

About Sarah Wexler

Sarah Wexler is a native Angeleno and longtime Dodger fan. She began blogging about baseball in 2012 on her Tumblr, New Grass On The Field, where she covered an array of topics but especially enjoyed exploring baseball history. She is now a reporter/producer for MLB.com. She earned her master's degree in Sports Management from Cal State Long Beach. She graduated from New York University in 2014 with a bachelor's in History and a minor in American Studies. She's an avid Springsteen fan, which is a big boost to her baseball writer cred.