The Miami Marlins have announced that Brian Anderson does not need surgery to repair a broken hand he suffered last week against Philadelphia.
There was some good news for Brian Anderson on Tuesday as it was determined the Marlins third baseman/outfielder would not need surgery on his broken hand that has forced him out for the remainder of the 2019 season.
Anderson suffered the injury last Friday after being plunked by a pitch from Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Vince Velasquez. According to the team, an X-ray dome that evening showed a fracture, but after seeing a hand specialist on Monday, it was determined that there was no extensive damage.
The good news is Anderson will be ready when the team opens Spring Training in Jupiter, Florida in February.
"“No surgery,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said on Tuesday. “He’s seen the doc, and he doesn’t need to have surgery. That’s all we’ve got. We don’t expect him back. I can tell you that. So obviously he doesn’t have to put a pin or anything in it to help it heal or whatever.”"
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Anderson was having a solid season at the plate, hitting 20 home runs and 66 RBI. He has spent the 2019 season splitting time between third base and the outfield, but because of changes to the roster next season, he figures to be the Marlins everyday third baseman and one of the cornerstone players the organization will build around.
"“He’s in a splint or whatever he’s in,” Mattingly said. “I think a mobile cast or mobile splint. Probably some kind of rehab. But other than that, it should be a normal winter for him.”"
Both Starlin Castro and Martin Prado figure to play elsewhere in 2020, leaving a hole in the team’s leadership in the dugout and the clubhouse. Anderson, 26, could assume more of that role with this team.
This is Anderson’s second full season in the Majors after being drafted out of Arkansas in 2014 and quickly moving through the Marlins minor league system. He has become a solid middle-of-the-order hitter who could also prove to be a steady 25-30 home run hitter for the team.
He also showed the ability to hit in the clutch as he added 33 doubles this season which leads the team as well.
"“He’s not a guy that we needed to find out about,” Mattingly said. “He’s a guy that will heal and be ready to go in spring. Big things coming for him.”"