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Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Nick Anderson has partial elbow tear

Mar 14, 2021; North Port, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Nick Anderson (70) pitches against the Atlanta Braves in the third inning during spring training at CoolToday Park. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 14, 2021; North Port, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Nick Anderson (70) pitches against the Atlanta Braves in the third inning during spring training at CoolToday Park. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Rays right-handed reliever Nick Anderson sustained a partial tear of his elbow ligament and will likely be sidelined until after the All-Star break, according to a report from Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times on Thursday.

At this point, surgery has not been recommended for Anderson, one of the Rays’ top bullpen weapons.

Anderson appeared in 19 games last season for Tampa Bay and posted a 2-1 record with a 0.55 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings pitched. He recorded six saves and had a microscopic 0.49 WHIP.

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He was also dominant in 2019 when he joined the Rays midseason in a trade from the Miami Marlins, posting a 3-0 record with a 2.11 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings with Tampa.

With Anderson out, the Rays will turn to Diego Castillo, Pete Fairbanks, Chaz Roe and Ryan Thompson in the late innings.

–Field Level Media