Ian Anderson‘s 2022 has been one to forget. Despite the Braves giving him plenty of opportunities to work out the kinks at the major-league level, he was unable, leading to a demotion to Gwinnett, where his struggles continued.
In four starts for the Stripers, Anderson posted a 5.40 ERA, which was actually worse than the 5.00 ERA he recorded with the Braves. Given the Braves rotation depth, it was already highly unlikely we would see him before the end of the season or in the playoffs, but any chance at all has been eliminated by a recent oblique injury.
According to The Athletic’s David O’Brien, Anderson is expected to miss at least a month.
Ian Anderson's difficult season continued when the #Braves pitcher strained his left oblique with the Triple-A Gwinnett team. He'll be out at least a month.
— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) September 14, 2022
Technically, Anderson could still return for the postseason if he experiences a speedy recovery, but the Braves would have to be ravaged by injuries for that to happen.
This wasn’t the season anybody imagined for the 24-year-old right-hander, but despite that, the Braves haven’t missed a beat. They currently boast one of the best rotations in baseball, thanks to the emergence of Spencer Strider and Kyle Wright. You feel for a guy like Ian Anderson, who has already accomplished so much in his young career, but I expect him to compete for a roster spot during Spring Training next year, and I wouldn’t be shocked if he turned out to be a critical piece to the team in 2023.