COLUMBIA — Missouri pitcher and designated hitter Eric Anderson will be held out of the rotation this weekend against Vanderbilt.
Tigers coach Tim Jamieson said Anderson's ulnar nerve in his right elbow has become irritated. The senior started Saturday against Florida and threw 3 1/3 innings before exiting because of the injury.
"It kind of was just locked up on me a little bit," Anderson said Thursday, "but I really can't explain what it felt like. It was just bothering me."
Anderson dealt with similar discomfort before the season began, which Jamieson said was misdiagnosed as a subluxed ulnar nerve. However, the right-hander overcame that injury to secure a spot in the Tigers' rotation.
He threw a complete game for a victory against Georgia on April 6 and struck out 10 in seven innings against Kentucky on April 13.
Anderson was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week after the latter performance. He also had six hits, including a go-ahead home run, in the Tigers' series win against the Wildcats.
Jamieson said Anderson could resume throwing as soon as Friday, but he said he's not optimistic that Anderson could regain his role in the rotation. He brought up the possibility of using Anderson out of the bullpen depending on how the injury progresses.
"It's frustrating because he's really been our best pitcher for about a five- or six-week stretch," Jamieson said. "It's tough to win in this league without your best guy."
Anderson will stay in the lineup as a hitter, where he has provided the Tigers with consistent production out of the leadoff spot. He has the game-tying and game-winning hits in Missouri's 6-5 win over Southeast Missouri on Tuesday and is second on the team with a .303 batting average.
The Tigers have not named who will fill Anderson's spot in the rotation this weekend. Brett Graves is scheduled to start Friday, and John Miles is set to go on Saturday.
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