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The Rockies fear Anderson's back injury could be season-ending, the Denver Post reports.

An MRI was order on Anderson's ailing back, with the team wanting to see if there's a possible disc issue, but the results have not been released. Anderson was said to still be in a great deal of discomfort Friday, a day after hitting the 15-day DL. The lefty does not have a history of back issues, but it sounds like the Rockies are prepared to move on without him.

Brett Anderson SP COL 4 Months

Anderson (back) was placed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.

Manager Walt Weiss suggested a DL stint was likely after Anderson left Tuesday's start due to back spasms, and sure enough, the left-hander will require at least a couple weeks to heal up. Anderson was cruising before leaving Tuesday, holding the Cubs to one hit through three innings, but injuries have been a recurring theme throughout the 26-year-old's career and his injury history should temper any future expectations.

Brett Anderson SP COL 4 Months

Anderson, who left Tuesday's start due to back spasms, is likely bound for the 15-day DL, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports. "[Anderson's] not real good," manager Walt Weiss said. "His back locked up and he doesn't look too good right now."

Anderson was shutting out the Cubs for the first three frames of the outing before his back acted up following his first pitch of the fourth inning. Setbacks such as this are all too familiar for Anderson, who has repeatedly seen his promising career interrupted by untimely injuries. The loss of Anderson is especially troublesome for the Rockies, since the lefty had probably been the best starter in their beleaguered rotation over his last four turns, allowing only three runs over 23.1 cumulative innings. With Anderson out of commission until further notice, his replacement in Tuesday's outing, Franklin Morales, will likely step back into a starting role.

Brett Anderson SP COL 4 Months

Anderson left Tuesday's game with back spasms and is listed as day-to-day.

It was suspected that a back issue forced Anderson from Tuesday's game against the Cubs early in the fourth inning, and the Rockies confirmed this after the game. This is good news, as Anderson could conceivably make his next start, but he's not exactly an iron man, so owners will have to pay attention to his status throughout the week.

Brett Anderson SP COL 4 Months

Anderson left Tuesday's start with an apparent back injury, the Denver Post's Nick Groke reports.

He had allowed just one hit through three innings before leaving after throwing one strike to Arismendy Alcantara to start the fourth inning. He had been fantastic over his last three starts, giving up just three runs over 20.1 innings, while striking out 18. However, Anderson is as injury-prone as they come, so this should not come as a surprise. Consider him day-to-day until we get official confirmation on Anderson's diagnosis, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him get shut down, given his track record of missing significant time due to injuries.

Brett Anderson SP COL 4 Months

Anderson left Tuesday's game against the Cubs after his first pitch of the fourth inning, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.

It wasn't obvious what was ailing Anderson, but he walked gingerly off the mound and right into the clubhouse in the top of the fourth. He had given up just one hit while striking out two in his first three innings. Franklin Morales replaced Anderson in the game and would likely start Sunday if Anderson is unable to take the hill.

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Brett Anderson limited the Cubs to two runs over seven innings but took a no-decision, as the Rockies needed 10 innings before cinching a 6-4 victory on Wednesday.

It was a weird outing for Anderson. He allowed 11 hits, but nine were singles, and he did not issue a single walk while striking out nine. He's now allowed one run over fewer in at least six innings over each of his last three starts. Over seven starts overall since returning from the disabled list, Anderson has a 3.12 ERA, a 1.39 WHIP, and a 27/13 K/BB ratio. He'll match up against the Cubs again next week, this time at home.

Brett Anderson SP COL 5 Months

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rockies plan to either pick up Brett Anderson's $12 million option for 2015 or sign him to a long-term deal.

Anderson has been terrific in his last two starts, but Rosenthal says Colorado wants to keep him around rather than field trade offers for him. The left-hander has been limited to just six starts this year due to a fractured left index finger, but he's put up a 3.24 ERA in those outings.

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Brett Anderson tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Pirates on Friday for his first win of the season, but he was forced to exit due to an apparent blister on his throwing hand.

Anderson didn't give up his first hit until the fifth inning and ended up allowing just two in all. It was a bit of an odd outing, as he struck out just one batter and walked four, but it was good enough to put him in line for the win. Anderson was at 102 pitches when he left the ballgame, so he likely didn't have much left, anyway. After all the injuries he has dealt with in recent seasons, fortunately this one seems minor.

Brett Anderson SP COL 5 Months

Brett Anderson allowed six runs -- five earned -- on 10 hits over five innings against the Twins in his return from the disabled list on Sunday.

Anderson got a rude greeting from the Twins in his return, as they got to him for five runs before the first inning ended. He settled down after that disastrous inning, allowing only an unearned run over his next four innings, but the damage was already done. The lefty was pretty good in Oakland but he'll likely have his struggles pitching at Coors Field in the second half.