According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers agreed Wednesday evening to a minor league contract with veteran outfielder Garret Anderson.
Teams were turned off this winter by Anderson’s less-than-impressive .268/.303/.401 batting line from the 2009 season. He makes sense for the Dodgers, though, as a pinch-hitter and backup outfielder. The 37-year-old has always hit well against right-handers and still packs some punch at the plate. At least the Dodgers did something this offseason that allowed us to write about a topic other than divorce.
For those wondering about his defensive marks: well, they’re not good. Anderson had a -16.5 UZR/150 last season in 124 games in left field and wasn’t much better during his earlier years with the Angels. He’ll serve mainly as a pinch-hitter in Dodger blue.
Indians reliever Andrew Miller lasted only six pitches in Monday night’s appearance against the Red Sox. He walked Mookie Betts on six pitches before being relieved by Dan Otero. Per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, Miller reaggravated the patella tendinitis in his right knee.
Miller, 32, missed a couple of weeks earlier this month with patella tendinitis. He was activated last Friday and got two outs in a scoreless appearance against the Royals that night.
Bastian pointed out that Miller’s velocity has been lower than usual. He averaged 92.1 MPH on his fastball on Friday and 90.1 MPH on Monday, well below his normal average around 94 MPH.
The Indians should have more on Miller’s status after Monday’s game or on Tuesday. The lefty is carrying a 1.65 ERA with a 79/16 K/BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings on the season.
Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo and reliever Matt Bush collided attempting to catch an infield pop-up during Sunday afternoon’s game against the White Sox. Bush was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday with an MCL sprain in his right knee. Both he and Gallo are experiencing concussion symptoms, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports, and Gallo also suffered a nasal fracture. Gallo has not yet been put on the disabled list.
Losing both players is a big loss for the Rangers, who entered Monday’s action just 2.5 games out of the second Wild Card slot.
Gallo, 23, has had a breakout season, batting .205/.329/.561 with 35 home runs, 65 RBI, and 68 runs scored in 410 plate appearances.
Bush, 31, has been solid out of the bullpen, putting up a 3.04 ERA with a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 47 1/3 innings.