The Angels announced Friday that right-hander Justin Anderson has a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. He’ll undergo Tommy John surgery as a result.
The 27-year-old Anderson is a former 14th-round pick of the Angels in 2014 who made his major league debut in 2018. Since then, only three Angels relievers (Noe Ramirez, Cam Bedrosian and Hansel Robles) have thrown more innings than Anderson’s 102 1/3. Unfortunately, though, injuries have been a frequent problem for Anderson dating back to last season. He dealt with a trapezoid issue then, which likely contributed to a 2 mph-plus drop in his average fastball (from 97.3 mph to 94.7), and then battled an oblique problem this past spring.
So far, Anderson has pitched to a 4.75 ERA and posted a bloated 6.33 BB/9 in the majors, though he does own a much better 4.10 FIP and an impressive strikeout rate of 11.17 per nine. He won’t have a chance to add to those numbers until late next year or perhaps in 2022, as TJ procedures typically require 12 to 15 months of rehab. In the meantime, Anderson is scheduled to reach arbitration for the first time during the upcoming offseason.