The Braves announced Friday afternoon that Anderson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday. They have recalled Brandon Jones from Triple-A Gwinnett to fill his spot on the active roster.
Anderson's latest ailment is a strained left quadriceps muscle that began to bother him during the first inning of Sunday's game in Pittsburgh. He has been sidelined since then and Atlanta hasn't gotten the sense that he'd be ready to play again for at least another week.
"It's going to take another 10 days, so we might as well do this," Braves manager Bobby Cox said.
Cox pushed hard for the Braves to sign Anderson, and he still believes the 36-year-old outfielder could prove to be a key factor to his team's success.
"He's a huge piece from what I've seen," Cox said.
Unfortunately for the Braves, they haven't seen Anderson play much since he signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract on Feb. 22. The veteran outfielder, who had spent his previous 14 seasons with the Angels, made his exhibition season debut on March 5 and suffered a strained right calf the following day.
Anderson's calf strain sidelined him until the final week of March and proved to be a problem again when he aggravated it before the start of the regular season's third game.
When Anderson suffered his quad strain while scoring from second base on a two-out single, he was making just his sixth start of the season. He hasn't played more than 94 games as an outfielder during the past three seasons.
Jones has batted .308 with no homers and four doubles in 14 games with Triple-A Gwinnett this year. The 25-year-old outfielder is expected to arrive at Great American Ball Park after Friday night's game begins.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.