Athletics outfielder Ramón Laureano is making himself a household name. The 24-year-old threw out three Red Sox runners during a four-game series last week, helping the A’s win three of those contests.
The Orioles, apparently, didn’t get the memo about Laureano. With runners on first and second and no outs in the bottom of the third inning on Tuesday night, Joey Rickard lined a single to shallow left-center off of Brett Anderson. The lead runner, Richie Martin, decided to test Laureano’s arm, which was a mistake. Laureano made his characteristic strong throw on one hop to catcher Josh Phegley, who applied the tag for the first out. The Orioles would fail to score in the third inning.
Laureano already has four outfield assists on the season, most among outfielders. He had nine last year in only 385 2/3 defensive innings, tied for 19th-most among outfielders. On a per-inning basis, Laureano had the highest rate of assists, averaging one per 43 defensive innings. Rickard ranked second with one every 64 innings; he had eight total in 514 2/3 innings.
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.