I was watching the game last night with two houseguests who aren’t really baseball fans. Once, when Jon Jay made that sliding almost-catch in center field, one of my guests wondered how hard it was to get grass stains out of uniforms and then we all mused about whether players change their uniforms in the middle of games if they get particularly messed up. We eventually settled on the notion that jerseys are somewhat disposable and that teams go through lots and lots of them over the course of the year.
Given the relatively new phenomenon of players literally ripping the shirt off the back of guys who hit walkoff homers, I think they’re even more disposable than we thought. Here’s Kolten Wong’s from last night:
Although, to be honest, I guess they’re not literally disposable. I assume someone is gonna pay a lot of money for that one.
Marlins infielder/outfielder Brian Anderson departed Friday’s 19-11 win over the Phillies with a left hand contusion, the club announced. Following an X-ray, it was then revealed that he had sustained a fracture of the fifth metacarpal — an injury severe enough that it’ll likely keep him off the field for the remainder of the 2019 season.
Anderson suffered the injury on a hit-by-pitch in the third inning. On the first pitch of the at-bat, with the bases loaded and one out, he took a 93.9-m.p.h. fastball off his left hand. The HBP forced in a run, but he doubled over in pain and was quickly examined by a member of the Marlins’ staff before officially departing the game in the top of the fourth.
It’s an unfortunate way to end Anderson’s third campaign with the Marlins. The 26-year-old has posted some career-high numbers this year, reaching the 20-homer mark for the first time and batting a healthy .261/.342/.468 with an .810 OPS and 3.0 fWAR through 510 PA. Despite the setback, he should be fully healed and ready to go well in advance of the Marlins’ spring training in 2020.