While we all sit here awaiting the addition of a new starting pitcher, one Cubs’ starter may be on his way out.
Indeed, according to multiple reports on Twitter (including one from the Cubs, themselves), the team has activated left-hander Brett Anderson off of the 60-day disabled list … just before designating him for assignment.
Here’s the tweet:
LHP Brett Anderson was activated from the 60-day DL and designated for assignment.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 26, 2017
If you recall, Anderson left his start against the Yankees on May 6 with lower back tightness, before hitting the 10-day DL the very next day. Although he almost made it back soon thereafter (he tossed a bullpen session on the 22nd), he was ultimately transferred to the 60-Day Disabled list on June 6.
Anderson, who was never guaranteed a rotation spot once he returned, made five rehab starts (and one 4.0 inning relief appearance) with the Tennessee Smokies starting on June 25, but earned a 4.61 ERA (4.10 FIP) in the process – he also struck out just 12.6% of the batters he faced in Double-A, which … is not a great sign. So, when his rehab stint was officially up, the Cubs decided to make a move.
The team now has seven days (down from 10 in the last Collective Bargaining Agreement) to trade, waive, or release Anderson. If he does manage to make it through waivers (which is possible, at this point), he could elect free agency or even decide to accept his assignment and stay in the Minor Leagues.
In any case, he will not likely be starting for the Chicago Cubs again anytime soon.
UPDATE: Doesn’t sound like Anderson expects it either:
Bummed it didn't workout but it wasn't from lack of effort I can tell you that. Here's to getting better and being better.
— Brett Anderson (@BAnderson3737) July 26, 2017