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Spring Training Notes 3/10: Cody Anderson diagnosed with mild UCL sprain

An MRI on Thursday revealed a mild UCL sprain for Cody Anderson and his right elbow. The Cleveland Indians have not made any medical plans or set a timetable for the 26-year-old's return.

There are still many unanswered questions regarding Cody Anderson's right elbow: Will he need Tommy John surgery? If not, when will he return? What does this mean for the Triple-A and MLB pitching staffs?

Although details concerning the injury are rather vague at this point, manager Terry Francona and the Cleveland Indians were reportedly optimistic about potentially evading a season-ending ulnar collateral ligament surgery.

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Anderson was diagnosed with a mild UCL sprain on Friday, two days after the Tribe decided to shutdown their right-handed hurler due to "a new onset of elbow symptoms last week."

"You'd like to get it looked at again," said Francona to reporters about getting a second opinion from a doctor. "It's not going to hurt anything. The more information, the better. The more sets of good eyes, the better. And whatever the doctors conclude, we'll follow that and get him going."

Since his right elbow debridement procedure on November 9, Anderson has been undergoing rehabilitation with the intention to be ready prior to spring training. Instead, he is out indefinitely with no plan of treatment or timetable for return heading into the 2017 campaign.

"He was going to be down a little bit from throwing anyway," Francona said. "There's no immediate rush."

- Three innings of a simulated game paved way to another encouraging step forward for Michael Brantley. The 29-year-old veteran played left field and went 1-for-3 with a single, ground out and strikeout. 

"Everything was good," said Francona. "The intensity's been really good. It's repetition and building on that and bouncing back. Everything so far has gone tremendous. I think he's really excited."

Brantley will participate in another simulated game at some point early next week.

- A highly-regarded prospect in the Indians pipeline, Yandy Diaz is still day-to-day due to lingering groin soreness from a Cactus League game on March 4. Even though Diaz was slated to run the bases on Friday, he is still a few days away from returning to game action, according to Doug Miller of MLB.com.

John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.


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