Phillies prospect Drew Naylor undergoes Tommy John surgery


Drew Naylor, a 25-year-old right-hander in his sixth year in the Phillies system, underwent Tommy John surgery, the Inquirer’s Matt Gelb reports, and likely will be sidelined into 2012.

Naylor had been on the shelf with an elbow injury since the spring.  He went 12-10 with a 4.63 ERA and a 113/44 K/BB ratio in 167 IP for Double-A Reading last year.  He was on the Phillies’ 40-man roster, though he wasn’t regarded as a top prospect after his lack of progress the last two years.

A native of Australia, Naylor pitched in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, giving up three runs in one-third of an inning his only appearance.

A’s sign Brett Anderson to a minor league deal

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Oakland Athletics have agreed to a minor league contract with Brett Anderson.

Anderson, you’ll likely recall, began his major league career with the Athletics in 2009 and pitched for Oakland through 2013. He had some success in Oakland, being named the Opening Day starter one year, but injuries have mounted for the lefty over the years. The last season in which he was healthy all year was 2015 in which he made 31 starts for the Dodgers. Last year he posted a 6.34 ERA and a 38/21 K/BB ratio in 55.1 innings across 13 starts for the Cubs and Blue Jays.

Organizational depth at worst, a veteran arm to eat some innings if things go well and a potential midseason trade chip if he enjoys a resurgence of health and a little bit of luck.