When Cody Anderson posted a 3.05 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 91.1 innings in 2015, there was hope he would be able to sustain his role as a key cog in the middle of the Cleveland Indians' starting rotation.
Inconsistency and elbow issues have hindered that hope.
Anderson was shutdown from all baseball activities on Wednesday, according to Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com. After undergoing an arthroscopic right elbow debridement procedure last November, Anderson has been rehabbing this winter and was expected to be ready before spring training began.
- The starting pitching depth chart is beginning to thin. Although details of the injury have yet to surface, it is safe to presume this news stems directly from Anderson's 2016 struggles and off-season elbow surgery.
"We're going to probably have more information tomorrow," said Terry Francona in regards to Anderson's status. "We sat down with him - well, actually today."
Anderson bounced around between Triple-A and the Tribe on 12 different occasions as a starter and reliever. He was not able to solidify himself at the MLB level as evidenced by his 6.68 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and .333 opposing batting average in 19 appearances (9 starts).
- Another simulated game is scheduled for Brantley prior to Wednesday's Cactus League contest against the Seattle Mariners at 9 PM ET. With no setbacks or soreness to report, Brantley will oppose Zach McAllister and Carlos Frias for the first time at camp.
"We're quietly really excited for him and hope that it continues on the road it is because he's on a good road right now," Francona said. "We need to be patient because we don't want to get him back; we want to get him back and keep him back. He's doing a good job."
On Monday, Brantley battled Josh Tomlin and Dan Otero in a simulated game. There is no date set for when he will play in a spring training game.
- 22 of the 40 players on the Indians' active roster were signed to 2017 contracts on Wednesday. Now that this collection of zero-to-three year players have finalized deals, the entire 40-man roster is inked to a contract for the upcoming campaign. The full list can be found below...
- Here is the starting lineup for tonight's game at Seattle (9:10 PM ET, Peoria Stadium):
CF Greg Allen
LF Daniel Robertson
3B Jose Ramirez
1B Edwin Encarnacion
RF Bradley Zimmer
DH Francisco Mejia
C Erik Kratz
2B Michael Martinez
SS Erik Gonzalez
RHP Carlos Carrasco