Cleveland Indians Pitcher Cody Anderson Done for Season, Jason Kipnis Out at Least a Month

By Teddy Cecilio, Posted: 03/20/17 05:00AM EDT

The Cleveland Indians lost a potential starter for next season as Cody Anderson suffered a season-ending UCL sprain, the team announced. The Indians revealed Anderson sustained a "UCL sprain along with a mild flexor strain" and will undergo Tommy John surgery.

The 26-year-old Anderson went 2-5 with a 6.68 ERA as a starter last season. He was hounded by his ailing arm for most of the season and underwent elbow surgery after the 2016 season to clean up some bone chips.

During Spring Training, Anderson complained of some arm issues, forcing him to undergo surgery. The Indians were hoping that he can provide depth in the rotation.

"A few weeks ago, I tried to air it out and I had to back off," Anderson told "We talked about different options, but surgery was the best because I want to start moving forward."

Anderson was considered as one of the Indian's top pitching prospect. In 2015, he went 7-3 with a 3.05 ERA.

Manager Terry Francona lauded Anderson's move to opt for surgery, calling it a mature decision. "Knowing Cody, he'll come back even better, the way he works," said Francona, who lead the Indians to the World Series last season.

Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis will also be sidelined for four to five weeks due to right shoulder issue. Based on the timetable for his recovery, Kipnis will miss the first two weeks of the regular season.

The Indians said Kipnis met with Dr. Keith Meister and it was confirmed that the second baseman is dealing with inflammation in his right throwing shoulder. The doctor said Kipnis can continue a strengthening program, with the goal of resuming hitting and throwing in about a week.

According to Francona, he may move third baseman Jose Ramirez to second until Kipnis returns. "That's probably his most comfortable position," said Francona, referring to playing Ramirez at second.

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