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Rockies injuries: Tyler Anderson headed for surgery, DJ LeMahieu departs game with groin injury

Anderson will be out at least four weeks.

Update, 9:53 p.m. MT: Root Sports states that DJ LeMahieu’s injury is a right groin cramp, and that he’s day-to-day. He’s a likely candidate to sit out tomorrow’s game, and the Rockies are off on Thursday. We’ll see about Friday.

Tyler Anderson made his first start back from the disabled list on Sunday, but he left the game in the third inning due to apparent re-aggravation of his left knee injury. Patrick Saunders now reports that Anderson will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery to address the issue. The procedure does not sound too serious, but then again neither does “stress reaction.”

Saunders reports that the Rockies expect Anderson to miss about four weeks, as long as they don’t find damage they didn’t identify earlier. Anderson will have the surgery on Friday in Denver.

After a breakout rookie season in 2016 in which he posted a 137 ERA+ in 11413 innings, Anderson has pitched just 6313 mostly ineffective innings in 2017 (83 ERA+). It’s possible that Anderson’s struggles were at least partly due to his knee troubles. Let’s hope that the surgery on Friday takes care of that and he’s back in the rotation by August.

Meanwhile, DJ LeMahieu seemed to have injured his leg while running to first base in Tuesday night’s game. After limping back to the dugout under his own power, he and head trainer Keith Duggar entered the clubhouse, and the Rockies removed him from the game. The nature of the injury isn’t clear yet, although it looks like he might have pulled something in his right leg. If LeMahieu has to go to the disabled list, it will be the first time in his career.