The Dodgers went out this offseason and addressed a major issue that they had last year. More often than not, they found themselves without big-league ready pitching due to injuries mounting up throughout the season. That led to them turning to guys on the farm that probably weren’t ready for starts at that level.
But they didn’t want to be caught in that position again. They signed veteran hurlers Tyler Anderson and Andrew Heaney to big-league deals over the offseason. They will also have Danny Duffy ready to go at some point, hopefully by Summertime.
But Heaney just went down with shoulder discomfort, and it didn’t sound great in the initial update. Heaney noted that he tried to play catch on Wednesday afternoon and the shoulder didn’t feel right at all. Luckily, the Dodgers have some options ready to go.
Dave Roberts said on Wednesday that the Dodgers would go with Tyler Anderson in Heaney’s next start. The assumption is that Anderson would get his next turn in the rotation if Heaney is still unable to go. And all things considered, that’s a pretty good backup option.
Anderson has appeared in 2 games so far, getting tagged for 2 runs across 8 innings of work. One of those runs did come via a botched double-play opportunity though. In those 8 innings, Anderson has struck out 8 and has yet to issue a walk for the Dodgers.
Anderson ranks in the top 3 percent of the league in average exit velocity, and he appears to be doing that by using his cutter more than his 4-seam fastball.
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