Prospect Anderson optioned to Minor League camp

Rockies bringing '11 first-round Draft pick along slowly as he rehabs elbow

Prospect Anderson optioned to Minor League camp

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Rockies optioned left-handed pitcher and 2011 first-round Draft pick Tyler Anderson to Minor League camp Monday. With Anderson not appearing in games because he continues to rehab a stress fracture in his throwing elbow, the move was expected.

The elbow issue is the reason Anderson, 25, is ranked 17th on the MLB.com list of Rockies prospects. It's his second bout with a stress fracture. When on the mound, Anderson has been productive. Last season, he was 7-4 with a 1.98 ERA in 23 starts at Double-A Tulsa before the Rockies and doctors shut him down before the playoffs.

The club announced before Spring Training that Anderson would be placed on a slower preparation schedule to make sure the elbow is fully healed.

Anderson, from the University of Oregon, was the 20th overall pick in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

The Rockies have 54 players in camp, including 16 non-roster invitees.

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