Angels relief pitcher Justin Anderson will have Tommy John surgery next week, the team announced on Friday.
”Justin Anderson recently underwent an MRI that revealed a tear of the UCL in his right elbow,” Angels general manager Billy Eppler said in a statement on Friday. “UCL reconstruction surgery is the recommended course of treatment. The procedure is scheduled to be performed by Dr. Keith Meister in Dallas, Texas, on Wednesday, July 22.”
Anderson was one of the mainstays in the Angels bullpen the last two years, pitching in 57 games as a rookie in 2018 followed by 54 games last year. The right-hander had a 5.55 ERA and 4.43 FIP in 2019, striking out 60 and walking 32 in 47 innings.
He’s one of three Angels relievers to appear in 50 games in each of the last two seasons, along with Cam Bedrosian and Noe Ramirez.
Anderson held right-handed batters to hitting .220/.339/.322 against him in two major league seasons.
It’s been a rough injury year for Anderson, who was sidelined nearly a month in spring training after straining his oblique muscle playing catch. He appeared in only one Cactus League game.
The Angels drafted Anderson in the 14th round in 2014 out of the University of Texas San Antonio.