UPDATE (Sept. 6, 3:55 p.m. PT): According to J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News, Brett Anderson was removed from his start Sunday with a left calf cramp and is listed as day-to-day:
Dodgers say that Brett Anderson left the game with a left calf cramp.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) September 6, 2015
Keep their pitching staff healthy has been a hurdle for the Los Angeles Dodgers throughout the 2015 season as Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu were lost to season-ending surgeries, and others have battled various bumps and bruises along the way.
Somewhat surprisingly, Brett Anderson, someone who’s missed plenty of time throughout his career due to injury, has remained among the Dodgers’ more reliable pitchers this season. Anderson did have a scheduled start pushed back in July as he suffered from Achilles soreness that forced him to leave his July 21 start against the Atlanta Braves after 2.2 innings.
Anderson was on the mound Sunday in the four-game series finale against the San Diego Padres and held San Diego to one run on four hits through 5.2 innings. With the Dodgers leading 2-1, Anderson was removed immediately after allowing a two-out base hit to Wil Myers.
With Myers’ single getting through a shifted Dodgers infield, Anderson hopped up and down twice and began to favor his left leg upon landing the second time. Trainers quickly came out to check on the left-hander, who was promptly removed from the game without little discussion or fight to continue pitching.
One positive aspect that could be taken from the situation is Anderson remained int he dugout after being lifted. More details on the injury will be provided as they become available.
The 27-year-old Anderson entered the start 8-8 with a 3.43 ERA, 3.85 FIP and 1.31 WHIP. By surpassing 155 innings pitched this season, he earned a $300,000 bonus.