- The Washington Times - Monday, September 23, 2002

DENVER (AP) Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Brian Anderson will probably not pitch again this season after breaking a bone in his left foot on Saturday.
Anderson is sidelined at least four to six weeks, making it highly unlikely that he will pitch again this season, even if the defending World Series champions go deep into the postseason again.
Anderson, struck by a line drive off the bat of Colorado's Ben Petrick in the third inning, was diagnosed with an incomplete fracture of the fifth metatarsal.
He was splinted at Rose Medical Center and returned to Coors Field, where he was reevaluated by the Colorado team orthopedist.
"There's an outside chance he could be back," manager Bob Brenly said yesterday. "But I think we have to work under the assumption that we've lost him. Then if he is able to come back at some point before the season is over, that's just a bonus. But I don't think we can count on him being back."
Brenly, who saw X-rays, said the break is "almost all the way through the bone. There's only a small part of the bone that didn't completely break in half."
Anderson is 6-11 with a 4.79 ERA this season, including 24 starts.
He appeared four times in the postseason last year for Arizona, working three games in relief before a solid start in Game 3 of the World Series, when he faced Roger Clemens and took a 2-1 loss. He won Game 4 of the NLCS in Atlanta, entering in relief of Albie Lopez in the fourth inning with Arizona leading 6-2.
"It's an unfortunate injury because of BA's versatility," Brenly said. "We've started him, we've used him out of the bullpen, we've used him as a pinch-runner, he's our emergency fifth outfielder. He's just a great athlete. He does a lot of things well. In very limited exposure, he's proven to be a good big-game pitcher. Somebody will have to step in and fill the void."
The 30-year-old Anderson said he had a "depressing" night.
"My foot hurts, but it's supposed to hurt," he said. "It's broken. The hard part is knowing that I'm probably not going to pitch again this year, especially when it's going to get pretty fun here in about a week."
Asked if he had ruled out returning in 2002, Anderson said, "No, I haven't completely ruled that out. But it would take miraculous healing. If I had done this two weeks ago, it would probably be all right.
"You still hold out hope, but you can't be ridiculous about it. You have to be a realist.
"It's in a bad spot. I can't put any weight on it. Because of where it's broken and the way it's broken, they say if I put weight on it too soon, there's a good chance it could finish snapping. If that happens, I would need a plate and screws put in, and then you're talking about a long recovery."
After being hit by the line drive, Anderson was advised not to make any warmup pitches out of fear the injury might worsen.
"The plan is to be ready in a month. But how effective could I be, not throwing for a month? Even if I could go, it's probably not going to happen. Coming into a World Series in a tight situation, they probably wouldn't do it even if I was ready."

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