Miami Marlins third baseman Brian Anderson suffered a contusion to his elbow when he crashed into the outfield wall in a 3-2 loss to Washington on Tuesday night.
The Miami Marlins breathed a sigh of relief when they learned the X-rays taken on third baseman Brian Anderson’s elbow were negative on Tuesday night. Anderson suffered the injury while crashing into the right centerfield wall as he tried to make a play on Juan Soto’s two-run home run in the first inning.
The Marlins lost the game 3-2, but losing Anderson could have had a far greater impact on the team’s second half of the 2019 season. He was replaced in the game by Yadiel Rivera.
Per Zachary Silver of MLB.com, Anderson will hopefully be back in the lineup for tonight’s game, after he is evaluated by the team. Anderson has been swinging a better bat of late. The former third-round pick out of Arkansas has shown some more power in recent weeks.
"“Too late now, but [I have to] understand there is not quite as much room in right-center as there is in our place,” Anderson said. “[The] wall just came up on me and kind of hit my elbow and aggravated that nerve a little bit.”"
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This is his second full season in the Majors and is considered a cornerstone player who also adds some versatility to the roster with his ability to play in right field as well as the hot corner.
"“There’s not big-time damage in there,” Anderson said, adding he felt all right after the game. “I was probably able to do everything except for throw, but I didn’t want to chance it. We’ll see tomorrow, and hopefully the swelling will go down and [it will] feel a lot better.”"
The game on Tuesday night was marred with rain, which led to a 76-minute delay. Zac Gallen got the start for the game but did not finish as the team pulled him from the mound, lasting just two innings.
"“You only pitch every five days, so you want to make the most of it when you are out there. It’s not fun when your outing gets cut short,” Gallen said. “We definitely had a little different idea of the game plan, and I wanted to see how it worked out. They had some new guys in the lineup that weren’t there a week ago.”"
Tonight, the Marlins send Sandy Alcantara to the mound in what should be his last start before the All-Star break. Alcantara was the lone Marlins player named to the team and is 2-2 this season on the road with a 3.66 ERA in seven starts.