Brewers’ right-hander Chase Anderson is slated for a four- to six-week absence, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reported on Saturday. Anderson was diagnosed with a left oblique strain on Wednesday after striking out swinging against the Reds’ Luis Castillo. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Thursday, but is facing a longer recovery process after consulting with the club’s medical staff and undergoing an MRI on Friday.
Anderson, 29, was working on a career-best pitching line prior to the injury. He crafted a 2.89 ERA, 2.7 BB/9 and 8.5 SO/9 through 90 1/3 innings and held a 6-2 record in 16 starts for the Brewers. It was a welcome break from the 4.00+ ERAs of his previous three seasons, and one which might not have been possible without the newly-developed curveball and cutter in his pitch repertoire. This will be his first significant stay on the disabled list since 2015, when he missed 19 days with right triceps inflammation.
With Anderson out, the Brewers recalled right-handed reliever Jorge López from Double-A Biloxi, who will help keep the bullpen fresh while they seek a temporary fix for the rotation. Further reports from McCalvy suggest that manager Craig Counsell might switch up replacement pitchers from start to start until Anderson’s return, and he already appears to have several viable options in relievers Paolo Espiño and Josh Hader. It’s shaping up to be an interesting month for the club, which entered Saturday just two games ahead of the second-place Cubs and will need to stay sharp in order to keep their No. 1 status in the NL Central.
Jaime Garcia has been at the center of trade talks for several days now, but on Friday night, he commanded center stage for an entirely different reason. The Braves’ southpaw went head-to-head with Dodgers’ lefty Alex Wood and mashed his first career grand slam: a two-out, 399-foot blast that cleared the wall in right field and put the Braves up 9-0 in the fifth inning.
The bases-loaded knock was the third career home run for Garcia, whose contributions at the plate have been few and far between over his nine-year track in the major leagues. Not only did the homer mark an impressive career first for the 30-year-old, but it was just the second pitcher grand slam in Braves’ history and the first since 1966.
Garcia looked almost as impressive on the mound during Friday’s series opener, issuing one run, four hits and three strikeouts through his first six innings. The Braves currently lead the Dodgers 12-1 in the top of the seventh inning.
As for whether the slam will affect negotiations between the Braves and Twins? MLB.com’s Mike Petriello put it best:
Athletics’ first baseman Ryon Healy had a scary moment during Friday’s loss to the Mets. Lucas Duda smacked a single to the first base side, where the ball took a high hop and caught Healy in the left temple. He crumpled to the ground after getting struck by the one-hopper, but was eventually able to stand and walk off the field with assistance from a trainer.
Prior to the injury, Healy went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI single in the first inning. He was replaced by Yonder Alonso, who finished off the rest of the night’s 7-5 loss with a walk in two plate appearances.
Following the game, manager Bob Melvin told reporters that Healy did not appear to have sustained a concussion as a result of the hit. Healy said he thinks he’ll be good to go for Saturday’s game, though a final decision likely won’t be made until tomorrow.