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.
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax will be honored with a statue at Dodger Stadium, expected to be unveiled in 2020. Dodger Stadium will be undergoing major renovations, expected to cost around $100 million, after the season. Koufax’s statue will go in a new entertainment plaza beyond center field. The current statue of Jackie Robinson will be moved into the same area.
Koufax, 83, had a relatively brief career, pitching parts of 12 seasons in the majors, but they were incredible. He was a seven-time All-Star who won the National League Cy Young Award three times (1963, ’65-66) and the NL Most Valuable Player Award once (’63). He contributed greatly to the ’63 and ’65 championship teams and authored four no-hitters, including a perfect game in ’65.
Koufax was also influential in other ways. As Shaikin notes, Koufax refused to pitch Game 1 of the 1965 World Series to observe Yom Kippur. It was an act that would attract national attention and turn Koufax into an American Jewish icon.
Ahead of the 1966 season, Koufax and Don Drysdale banded together to negotiate against the Dodgers, who were trying to pit the pitchers against each other. They sat out spring training, deciding to use their newfound free time to sign on to the movie Warning Shot. Several weeks later, the Dodgers relented, agreeing to pay Koufax $125,000 and Drysdale $110,000, which was then a lot of money for a baseball player. It would be just a few years later that Curt Flood would challenge the reserve clause. Koufax, Drysdale, and Flood helped the MLB Players Association, founded in 1966, gain traction under the leadership of Marvin Miller.