Colorado Rockies: The latest update on Tyler Anderson

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 09: Tyler Anderson #44 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning at Coors Field on September 9, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Joe Mahoney/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 09: Tyler Anderson #44 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning at Coors Field on September 9, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Joe Mahoney/Getty Images) /
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Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Anderson was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on May 4 but has yet to see any action for the Isotopes. On Sunday morning inside the Rockies dugout, Colorado manager Bud Black gave members of the media, including Rox Pile, an update on Anderson’s status.

Tyler Anderson was placed on the injured list on April 7 with left knee inflammation. He returned to the Colorado Rockies on April 22 and made three starts, allowing 16 earned runs and 15 hits in 11.2 innings of work before his demotion. It was expected that Anderson would be working at Triple-A on his mechanics but it appears there is more that needs to be done before that.

Bud Black told reporters that Anderson is still suffering from knee issues. The left knee has been an issue for the 29-year-old southpaw for some time, including two stints on the injured list in 2017.

"“The last four or five days, he’s been in consultation with some doctors about his knee,” Black said. “He’s going to go see a specialist tomorrow (Monday) in Chicago so we’ll see what this fellow says about Tyler. Then we’ll continue to make our plan.”"

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Black said that Anderson initiated the next steps with his knee and any potential issues there might be.

"“Tyler felt as though he needed it looked at,” Black said. “It got to the point where he felt like it was truly affecting his pitching. He wants to gather as many opinions as possible.”"

Anderson, a first-round draft pick of the Rockies in 2011, is 0-3 this season for the Rockies with an 11.76 ERA in five starts. In his Colorado career, he is 18-24 with a 4.69 ERA in 73 games (71 starts).

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With Anderson out of the mix, Black has gone to a four-man rotation with Kyle Freeland, German Marquez, Jon Gray and Antonio Senzatela. However, the schedule will likely dictate that the Rockies have a fifth starter later this month. Who could that be? We broke down the possibilities in this article.

UPDATE: Here’s the latest after Anderson met with the specialist…

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