A week after being optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque, left-handed pitcher Tyler Anderson is instead headed to Chicago -- not to pitch, but to have his left knee examined by doctors.
Anderson, the Rockies' first-round draft choice in 2011, has peridoically had problems with his left knee, including spending 16 days on the injured list in April, and also being on the injured list from June 4 through Sept. 10, 2017.
Anderson had claimed when he returned from the injured list this year he felt good physically. The results on the mound, however, were lacking. After losing his first two starts of the season -- allowing 11 earned runs in nine innings -- he was sidelined until April 22 when he lasted three innings and gave up five runs in a game the Rockies rallied to win 7-5 against the Nationals.
The Rockies couldn't rally enough in the next two starts, losing 8-7 at Atlanta on April 28, and 10-9 against the D-backs on May 3, allowing 16 earned runs in 11 2/3 innings in the three starts after being activated from the injured list.
Anderson, however, has not pitched in Albuquerque during the week since he was sent down, and with the decision to pursue medical examinations he could have the minor-league assignment nulified and returned to the injured list, which would allow him to acquire Major-League pension time.
"He is going to see a specialist (Monday) in Chicago," said manager Bud Black. "Tyler felt he needed to have it looked at. He is at the point he feels it truly affected his performance."
There is no doubt the results support that contention, although Anderson has denied any physical problems after his recent starts.
The organization, however, is in support of Anderson being examined.