One game into spring training and the Los Angeles Dodgers are already down another starting pitcher. Brett Anderson will be out at least four months with back surgery. It is terrible news for such a good guy, but not the end of the world for the team.
The Dodgers front office spent a lot of money building depth in the starting rotation. Andrew Friedman, Farhan Zaidi, and Stan Kasten picked up two starters this offseason with Kenta Maeda and Scott Kazmir to add to what seemed like an already full starting staff.
Clayton Kershaw is the undisputed number one starter with Kazmir and Maeda slotted for numbers two and three. The battle for the number four and five starter in the rotation will be interesting this spring as the Dodgers have at least a half dozen players that could fill those two spots.
Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy are injured so they are not options. Brandon Wood and Mike Bolsinger would be the logical two to fill the spots, but Brandon Beachy, Zach Lee, Carlos Frias, or Yasiel Sierra might bump Wood or Bolsinger.
Many Dodger fans will scream this is the perfect time to bring Julio Urias to the big club, but there is no need to rush his development when there are so many other starters available.
The bottom line is while it is terrible to lose a quality pitcher like Brett Anderson this early in the season, the Dodgers front office built enough depth to weather this storm.