ATLANTA -- As Ian Anderson prepares to end a seven-week stint on the injured list, he is cognizant of the fact he is returning around the same time he debuted during last year’s memorable rookie season.
“I’ve thought about that,” Anderson said. “If I can replicate that, that would be great.”
Anderson will be activated from the 10-day injured list to start against the Giants on Sunday. This will be three days after the one-year anniversary of his memorable Major League debut. It will also be seven weeks after he was shut down because of right shoulder inflammation.
“I’m hoping when we get him back, he does the same thing he did last year,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “He had a couple good outings. So at some time, we’ve got to get him back in the mix. He feels good and he’s been stretched out. We’ll be excited to get him back out there.”
Anderson posted a 3.56 ERA in the 18 starts (96 innings) he made before the Braves opted to shut him down during the All-Star break. The shoulder discomfort quickly subsided, creating further reason to believe the 23-year-old hurler simply needed some rest during his first full MLB season.
Now Anderson has a chance to duplicate the success he had last year, when he made his MLB debut on Aug. 26 and produced a 1.95 ERA over six regular-season starts. He then worked 17 2/3 scoreless innings before allowing a run during his first postseason.
With Anderson back, the Braves have the option to use a six-man rotation next week. But even though he’ll likely lean toward giving his starters an extra day whenever it makes sense, manager Brian Snitker hasn’t yet committed to giving Touki Toussaint a start during the upcoming road trip.