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03/27/08 12:50 PM ET

Ex-Indian Anderson hired as Rays coach

Lefty to help pitching coach after comeback attempt falls short

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- The X-rays prove Brian Anderson's pitching career is over, though he finds it difficult to believe.

"If I hadn't seen the picture myself," Anderson said, "I'd think I could throw again."

So, can he throw?

"I couldn't throw a ball from me to you right now," he said with a laugh.

Anderson, the former Indians pitcher and SportsTime Ohio broadcaster who has had two Tommy John ligament replacement surgeries, saw his comeback attempt with the Rays come to an abrupt end earlier this month when he blew out his elbow for a third time in a Grapefruit League outing. He tore his ulnar collateral ligament and flexor muscle and officially retired.

But the sting from that frustration didn't last long.

Just as Anderson was making plans to go back to law school and work with STO again, the Rays offered him a job as an assistant to pitching coach Jim Hickey. He'll help out at Rays home games, do some scouting and video work, and, when the team is on the road, assist in the front office.

"You always wonder what you're going to do when you're done playing," Anderson said. "I've been fortunate enough to stumble into all these different fields."

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.