MRI results show no Achilles tear for Anderson

Dodgers lefty optimistic due to 'drastic difference' one day after injury

MRI results show no Achilles tear for Anderson

ATLANTA -- Dodgers left-hander Brett Anderson got the results of an MRI on his left Achilles tendon Wednesday, which showed inflammation in the sheath around his tendon but no tear.

"I wouldn't say 100 percent in the clear, but somewhat in the clear going forward to be sure," said Anderson, still with a boot on his left foot for precautionary reasons. "The sheath around my tendon is a little inflamed, but it was intact. Just one of those things going forward to watch and monitor.

"Add that to the checklist of the stuff I have to do on a day-to-day basis."

After exiting Tuesday's start in the third inning with discomfort, Anderson woke up Wednesday morning feeling better than he expected to, and he said he felt good putting weight on his left foot and doing mobility exercises after struggling to walk and feeling pain going up and down steps Tuesday night.

Anderson was encouraged by how he's felt, as well as the MRI results, and he quipped that it was a good thing because his speed would be returning, "which is obviously a big part of my game -- Billy Hamilton and me."

Anderson is planning on throwing Thursday, and if everything goes well after that, he would throw his usual bullpen session on Friday and potentially be able to start at some point this weekend.

"Take it day by day," Anderson said. "But just the drastic difference between today and yesterday -- which was surprising, but is a positive. Hopefully I can continue on that path, and [hopefully] it was just kind of a fluke deal where it grabbed and bothered me and I'm able to go out for the next one."

Carlos Collazo is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.