Rockies’ Tyler Anderson facing long recovery from knee surgery


Rockies left-hander Tyler Anderson, who underwent major surgery on his left knee in June, still faces a long road to recovery.

Manager Bud Black said Wednesday that Anderson would not be 100 percent ready for spring training. Anderson is just now beginning to put weight on his left knee.

“His return would be somewhere within the early portion of (next) season,” Black said. “Somewhere, hopefully, within the first couple of months.”

Anderson, 29, underwent surgery on June 11. The surgery was done to correct a chondral defect in Anderson’s left knee. A chondral defect refers to an area of damage to the cartilage that lines the end of the bones in the knee. The intricate, complicated surgery requires a lengthy recovery time.

Anderson had a difficult season. He was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on May 4 after posting a 11.76 ERA in his first five starts of 2019. He never made any starts for the Isotopes before he went on the injured list and then underwent season-ending surgery.

Freeland improves. Left-hander Kyle Freeland, who still hopes to pitch before the season ends on Sept. 29, threw a full bullpen session Wednesday and came out of it without any issues. Freeland has been on the injured list since Aug. 21 because of a left groin strain.

“I feel great,” Freeland said.

Black was encouraged by what he saw.

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“He threw well with great intensity,” Black said. “He threw the ball with conviction and he didn’t show any signs of the injury. We’re still being cautious and we’ll see how he comes out of it tomorrow. From my eyes, he looked outstanding, as far as the physical part of it.”

There is no game plan right now as far as whether Freeland will be able to start a game or come out of the bullpen in the final three weeks.

“He wants to play,” Black said. “If he’s healthy, we’ll let him play.”

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Source:: The Denver Post


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