Brett Anderson took the mound Thursday in his latest quest to continuing easing the minds of those concerned by his injury-saddled career. Heading into his third start of the spring, Anderson had allowed a combined three hits through his first two outings.
On an overcast afternoon at Camelback Ranch, it quickly became evident Anderson had his work cut out for him against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The leadoff batter reached safely on a high chopper out of Adrian Gonzalez’s reach, though Anderson then got Mike Trout to ground into a double play.
After nearly striking out Albert Pujols, Anderson missed his spot and left a pitch up that Pujols crushed for a solo home run. Anderson labored through 1.2 innings and after spoke of his unusual warm-up.
According to Chad Thornburg of MLB.com, Anderson stopped warming up after learning the Angels bus was delayed, which he didn’t use as an excuse but suggested it had an impact:
For the most part, pitchers are pretty particular about what they do,” Anderson said. “To have that kind of interrupted, I’m not using it as an excuse, but it’s just one of those circumstances that you didn’t expect to deal with going into it.”
Anderson went on to criticize his brief outing before finding some sense of comfort with it still being March:
It wasn’t like I was walking a bunch of people, I was just missing,” Anderson said. “My stuff wasn’t very crisp. … It was terrible by all standards, but better to get it out of the way now.”
In total, Anderson gave up three earned runs on seven hits before being replaced by Yimi Garcia. While the outing was less than encouraging, manager Don Mattingly has stated he isn’t so much concerned with Spring Training results as he is with progress being made in preparation for the season.
Anderson didn’t report any physical issues and he’s expected to take the ball once his spot in the rotation circles back around.
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