Rockies starter Brett Anderson to miss 4-6 weeks with a broken finger

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Rockies starter Brett Anderson left Saturday’s start with what was diagnosed by the team as a finger contusion. X-rays taken after the fact, however, revealed a broken index finger, reports Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Anderson sustained the injury after making contact with a Matt Cain pitch, shaking his hand in pain as he jogged up the first base line in the third inning.

Anderson just can’t seem to have any luck when it comes to staying healthy. The 26-year-old lefty last accrued 100 innings in a season in 2010, when he made 19 starts for the Athletics.

Following a good spring showing, Anderson had been shaky to open up the 2014 regular season, allowing nine runs (six earned) in 15 innings across three starts. Franklin Morales, who lost his spot in the rotation to Jordan Lyles, will take Anderson’s spot in the rotation.

Blue Jays release John Axford

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The Blue Jays have released right-handed reliever John Axford from his minor league contract, per an announcement on Saturday. Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi speculates that the move could provide an avenue for the club to rework Axford’s contract, but the Blue Jays have yet to confirm or deny the report.

Axford, 35, was dealt a blow on Thursday after getting diagnosed with a stress reaction in the olecranon bone of his right elbow. Elbow soreness dogged the right-hander through much of his time in camp, and although he was scheduled for a follow-up examination later this spring, a definite return date had not been established.

Prior to the diagnosis, Axford was tabbed for a setup role with the team in 2019. He pitched to mixed results in 2018 (thanks in part to a late-season fracture of his right fibula) with a 5.27 ERA, 4.9 BB/9, and 9.8 SO/9 through 54 2/3 innings with the Blue Jays and Dodgers. Now, however, it’s not certain that he’ll return to the mound this season in any capacity.

Axford isn’t the only reliever the Blue Jays have lost to injury lately, either, as right-handers Ryan Tepera and Bud Norris have been sidelined with right elbow inflammation and forearm fatigue, respectively. Per Davidi, the Blue Jays offered Norris a $100,000 retention bonus to prevent him from opting out of the minor league contract he signed in February.