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Colorado Rockies option Tyler Anderson in latest spring training roster cut

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At least he wasn't placed on the DL.

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The Colorado Rockies on Monday optioned left-handed starting pitcher Tyler Anderson to the minors, according to a team announcement. The move was the latest in what will likely be a flurry of spring training roster cuts in the coming days, and certainly, weeks.

Anderson was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque, which means he's almost guaranteed to begin the 2015 season there. That's not necessarily news, but given he didn't pitch a full season at Double-A a year ago, it's worth mentioning. Anderson was added to the Rockies' 40-man roster at the reserves deadline in November and was supposed to enter spring training as a darkhorse candidate for a spot in the team's big league rotation.

Things haven't quite worked out that way for the University of Oregon product.

Anderson, who was shut down late last season after posting a sub-2.00 ERA at Tulsa, has yet to make an official spring training appearance this year due to a stress fracture in his throwing elbow. The injury initially surfaced in 2013 when Anderson was pitching at High-A Modesto. For it to return more than a year later is concerning, so the Rockies are taking a cautious approach with the 25-year-old first-round draft pick.

Colorado could have placed Anderson on the MLB disabled list, so the fact that he was optioned instead of shelved could be a silver lining.


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