The Colorado Rockies had a chance to look clever with their acquisition of starting pitcher Brett Anderson this off-season. That is he is a quality pitcher is almost without question. That he can stay healthy is the uncertainty. As far as risks go, it seemed a worthwhile one to see if Anderson could stay healthy and add a near-ace-level pitcher to Colorado’s rotation.
It is April 25th, and so far that gamble is not paying off. Anderson, who has been out since April 13th with a broken left index finger, was moved to the 60-day disabled list by the Rockies on Friday to make room on the 40 man roster for Chris Martin. According to the Colorado Rockies team Twitter account:
#Rockies Anderson (fracture of left index finger) is now eligible to be reinstated from the DL on 6/12.
— Rockies PR (@RockiesPR) April 26, 2014
But as Patrick Saunders notes, he is actually more likely to return to the Rockies’ rotation sometime in July.
2014 will not be Anderson’s only season with the Rockies and so it should not be the only measure of whether or not they got it right by trading Drew Pomeranz to the A’s to add him. And perhaps Anderson will still be healthy and effective for a significant enough portion of this season to make us feel good about things. But for now Anderson is guaranteed to miss at least a couple months with an injury, the unfortunate scenario that we all knew was a possibility. We are far from this being a bust, but it is sure off to a bad start.