It’s a big day for calling up prospects. First the Brewers did it, then the Indians and now the Giants. San Francisco has called up top pitching prospect Shaun Anderson and will start on Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
Anderson, 24, is a hard-throwing right-hander acquired from the Red Sox organization in the Eduardo Nuñez trade in 2017. So far this year in Triple-A he has a 4.11 in seven starts. That may not look great but (a) the Pacific Coast League is notoriously offense-friendly; (b) he has 37 strikeouts and 11 walks in 35 innings and that’s not too bad; and (c) he has allowed just three homers, which is fantastic given the home run spike seen at Triple-A this year.
The Giants are about to start a tear-down rebuild, it would seem. What better time to see what they’ve got in Anderson?
Some good news for the Nationals today: All-Star hurler Max Scherzer is due back from the injured list this week, this time (hopefully) for good. He’s slated to start during Thursday’s series finale against the Pirates.
It’s been a long road back for the right-hander, who earned his seventh consecutive All-Star designation after heading into the break with a 2.30 ERA, 5.6 fWAR, and a league-leading 7.56 SO/BB rate. An untimely back injury forced him to the injured list in the days leading up to the All-Star Game, however, and he hasn’t returned in any kind of part-time or full-time capacity since.
While Scherzer was originally expected to pitch for the Nationals sometime during their weekend series versus the Brewers, manager Dave Martinez elected to push back his return date by a few days. It’s not clear whether he felt some lingering pain during his 64-pitch simulated start on Saturday or whether the Nationals simply want to play it safe with their ace, but either way, the club apparently feels like Scherzer will be back to full strength before the end of the week.
If so, his return would be a significant asset to the Nationals, who could use a sub-3.00 ERA, 5.0-fWAR starter to help bolster their standing in the NL East. Still, there’s no guarantee that the veteran righty is ready to shoulder a full-time role in Washington’s rotation, nor is it certain that he’ll be able to match his results from the first half of the season. In one start between IL stints last month, he dealt five innings of three-run, two-walk, eight-strikeout ball in an 8-7 loss to the Rockies.