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Anderson fractures hand, likely out for season

Right fielder sustained injury on run-scoring HBP
@JoeFrisaro
August 24, 2019

MIAMI -- Brian Anderson, a major piece of the Marlins’ building process, will likely miss the rest of the season due to a fractured left hand. The 26-year-old, who paces the club with 20 home runs and 66 RBIs, sustained the injury after being struck by a pitch in the

MIAMI -- Brian Anderson, a major piece of the Marlins’ building process, will likely miss the rest of the season due to a fractured left hand.

The 26-year-old, who paces the club with 20 home runs and 66 RBIs, sustained the injury after being struck by a pitch in the third inning of the Marlins’ 19-11 victory over the Phillies on Friday at Marlins Park.

An X-ray revealed a fractured fifth metacarpal bone. Anderson will be examined by a hand specialist on Monday and noted that recovery will be at least six weeks. Anderson was officially placed on the 10-day injured list on Saturday, and the Marlins recalled outfielder Austin Dean from Triple-A New Orleans in a corresponding move.

“You’re going to see other guys get opportunities,” manager Don Mattingly said. “But for the long haul, you know [Anderson] will get healed up, and you know who he is at this point.”

“It will probably be it for the season for me,” Anderson said. “Obviously, not the news you want to hear, but at the same point, it’s baseball, and stuff like this happens.”

One of the cornerstones on a youthful Marlins squad, Anderson opened the season at third base and has played mostly right field in recent months. In 126 games, he’s hitting .260/.342/.468.

Anderson was plunked by Vince Velasquez’s 93.9 mph fastball with the bases full in the third inning and was immediately checked by the Marlins’ training staff. Because the bases were loaded, Anderson, "Andy" during Players' Weekend, was credited with an RBI, which is his 66th on the season, marking a career high. As a rookie in 2018, he drove in 65.

“It’s obviously unfortunate for Andy,” Mattingly said. “The timing of it, the window [for the rest of the season] will narrow fairly quickly. Obviously, he’s a guy that moving forward you feel can be part of a winning formula.”

After being hit, Anderson ran the bases, and he scored from second on Harold Ramirez’s two-run single. Miami rallied from seven down to pull even at 7 in the third on second-base prospect Isan Diaz’s three-run homer.

Although Anderson ran the bases, he was replaced in the fourth inning by Curtis Granderson, who played left field, with Ramirez moving from left field to right.

“As far as I know, it’s just a fracture in my metacarpal,” Anderson said. “I’m going to see the hand specialist on Monday and figure out more information. All we have are the X-rays to go off right now.”

As a rookie in 2018, Anderson finished fourth in the National League Rookie of the Year Award voting. This year, his second full season, he emerged as a middle of the order threat who has made big strides.

“For me, the takeaway is I was able to turn the season around and be productive,” Anderson said. “I had a good second half, obviously, until this happened. For me, it’s a just a matter of continuing to keep getting better and getting more consistent.

“Now, it’s going to be more of, ‘How can I help these guys that are here that are still putting in the work and still grinding?’ For me, it’s going to be more of a clubhouse thing where I’m working on whatever I can do to help these guys whenever I am here.”

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.