The Marlins will be without the services of their top home run threat for the remainder of the 2019 MLB season.
You never want to see a rising baseball star get hurt. Brian Anderson’s fractured hand could not have come at a worse time. The third baseman who has surrendered his spot at the hot corner since the arrival of Isan Diaz earlier this month has been the Miami Marlins top home run threat, is likely finished for the remainder of the 2019 season.
"“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.”"
Anderson has put together a solid season where he has grown at the plate and displayed more power than last season when he finished with 11 home runs in 2018. He has been playing more in right field this season, but he is still considered the team’s third baseman of the future.
"“It’s obviously unfortunate for Andy,” Marlins manager Don 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.”"
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Anderson, a third-round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft out of Arkansas, has been viewed as a cornerstone piece of this organization since he made the jump to the Majors. He has been moved back and forth from the infield and outfield because of injuries around him and the need to give Diaz a shot at second base, which meant veteran Starlin Castro made the switch to third for the first time in his career.
With the belief that Castro will no longer be part of the team’s plans in 2020 because of a contract that would pay him $16 million to keep him on the roster, Anderson should move back to the infield once the team makes it to Spring Training in February.
"“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,” writes Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. “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.”"