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OC Register: Angels’ Justin Anderson to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Reliever Justin Anderson will undergo Tommy John surgery next week, ending the Angels’ 21-month streak without having a major-league pitcher undergo the procedure.

Anderson, a 27-year-old right-hander, had missed most of spring training with an oblique issue, but he was deemed healthy at the start of camp earlier this month. He pitched in one intrasquad game.

Anderson subsequently underwent an MRI exam that showed damage to his ulnar collateral ligament, so the surgery was recommended. The operation will be performed Wednesday by Dr. Keith Meister in Dallas.

The normal rehab time for Tommy John surgery is 12 to 18 months.

The Angels had a streak of numerous Tommy John procedures from 2014 to 2018 – including Tyler Skaggs, Andrew Heaney, Garrett Richards, Keynan Middleton, JC Ramirez and Shohei Ohtani – but they had not had a big-league pitcher undergo the surgery since Ohtani in October 2018.

Anderson would have been competing for work in the middle of the Angels’ bullpen. Although he has shown flashes of promise as a late-inning reliever because of good fastball and a swing-and-miss slider, control issues have impacted his effectiveness.

Anderson has a career 4.75 ERA in 111 games, with 11.2 strikeouts and 6.3 walks per nine innings.

More to come on this story.

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