According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the best reliever in baseball from 2019 is headed for the Injured List with a partial tear in his elbow.
BREAKING: #Rays reliever Nick Anderson has partial tear of elbow ligament, likely to be out past All-Star break, no surgery recommend— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) March 26, 2021
Anderson underperformed in his most recent Spring Training appearance, with declining velocity throughout the outing, hinting at the possibility something was wrong.
Previously, Anderson played through injury in the playoffs, and consequently gave up several crucial runs to the Los Angeles Dodgers — most notably following the controversial Blake Snell decision in the deciding Game 6 of the World Series.
The Rays are fortunate to have several high leverage relievers in The Stable, including Diego Castillo and Pete Fairbanks, who can step into Anderson’s closer-esque role, and several strong bullpen candidates remaining in camp after maxing out their invite list this off-season.
As for Anderson, the plan is for Anderson to rest 8 weeks and hope his arm has healed:
Today’s diagnosis means 8 weeks of not throwing with the hope he feels better and can then start building up.