Anderson Admits Left Knee a Problem; Headed to Surgery instead of Albuquerque

Sam's No. 3 -- No. 1 in Appetite Suppression.

After five starts, an 0-3 record and 11.76 ERA, amid numerous denials of a knee problem, Tyler Anderson finally admitted he needed to be examined after the Rockies announced earlier this month he was being option to AAA Albuquerque.

Turns out, he does have a problem -- a big enough problem that he will underdo surgery to address the issue, although a date for the procedure has not been set.

The season opened with the Rockies so confident in Anderson that they slotted him into the No. 3 spot in the rotation, behind Kyle Freeland and German Marquez, and ahead of Jon Gray. He, however, went five innings and allowed five runs in his first start of the season at Miami, and never even worked five innings in his next four starts.

The former first-round pick gave up 27 earned runs on 33 hits and 11 walks, averaging 20.4 pitchers per inning. He has averaged 85.6 pitchers per start, despite averaging less than 4 1/3 innings.