Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson left his start against the San Diego Padres on Sunday in the bottom of the sixth due to a cramp in his left calf.
It was the second time this season Anderson has been lifted early, with the first instance due to an Achilles issue that only required a few days of additional rest between starts. According to J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News, Anderson doesn’t believe he’ll miss his turn in the rotation:
Anderson said after the game that he’d been dealing with the cramp long before he faced his final batter, Wil Myers. He doesn’t expect to miss his next turn in the rotation. “I went and got some IV fluids,” Anderson said. “I’m going to be fine going forward. Just drink more water, Gatorade, electrolytes.
Anderson walked a season-high of four on Sunday yet only allowed one run on four hits before his exit in the sixth, which he ultimately earned a win in as the Dodgers defeated the Padres, 5-1. While this now marks two injury scares, the left-hander has been dependable for a rotation that unexpectedly lost Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu to season-ending surgeries.
Enduring multiple starts that he referred to as frusrating, Anderson is 9-8 with a 3.36 ERA, 3.93 FIP, and 1.31 WHIP on the season. Moreover, he leads the Majors with a 66.7 percent ground ball rate.