It’s long been a narrative that the Angels pitching staff gets injured extremely frequently. Now, we are entering the 2020 season, and…
Yes, it seems that narrative is still there. Justin Anderson, 27, is out for the start of the season with an oblique injury. It is a Grade 2 left oblique strain.
Anderson is entering his third MLB season. He’s pitched 102.1 innings with a perfect 0.0 career bWAR, a 4.75 ERA, and a 1.52 WHIP. Anderson is known for having amazing stuff that sometimes abandons him, leading to wild pitching. To this end, while is H/9 rate is solid, his walk rate is sky-high (over 6 BB/9 for his career).
In any case, Anderson is supposed to be depth in the Angels bullpen, and losing an arm this early is never a good sign.
Et sic incipit.
Picture from Justin Anderson’s Instagram
Stop making sense.
Rumor has it the “training staff” is really just a dumpy O.C. housewife with a satchel full if essential oils.
They prefer to be called “holistic health coaches”
Wait, that doesn’t sound right.
I mean, “anti-science influencers”
Not sure I’m blaming the team here, he should have shown up ready for the intensity of workouts. You’ll always have a few guys injured when coming back from extended downtime. Our bodies are weird, shit happens.
Shhh! We must overreact!!!
Fire Eppler! Force Arte to sell the team! Why didn’t Maddon hire better strength and conditioning coaches!!
There goes the World Series!
Might as well sell my Playoff tickets to…
@Mia We did. Here’s a picture of him at work:
Thankfully we have Kyle Keller now. Killer stuff, high walk rate, we won’t miss a beat here.
8 walks in 10.2 innings pitched? That is Eppler material right there.
You gotta be pretty damn good to keep your WHIP at 1.21 when you walk 8 guys in 10-2/3 innings.
Injuries are part of the game.
Justin just gets to be first.
And someone will be last.
I hereby proclaim that this.
Does not “mean” anything.
yeah at least it’s “only” grade 2
Jfc it’s not even April
I love Jesus’ Fried Chicken. Heavenly extra crispy recipe
Good one @DowningDude, made me laugh out loud.
Joc’s Fried Chicken?
Not coming soon!
Ripped the bandaid off early!
Two days into Spring Training…
Just a flesh wound
Also could have misjudged how an African swallow can carry coconuts far distance akin to how not stretching and training wouldn’t lead to an injury?
It’s not a matter of where he grips it. It’s a simple matter of weight ratio.
Ehh. Not a big deal. He has the same profile as a number of the waiver claims Eppler made this winter.
Fire the training staff.
My wife has been saying that for at least twenty years.
I would like to run a little experiment. We take Sean Newcomb back and give the Braves a healthy Justin Anderson. See which one breaks down first
Serious question: Do we know if the staff of 2020 is largely the same as 2016 or 2018?
Smitty, the head trainer, has been there for decades.
Reporting for Spring Training Sir!
@GeoKaplan8 that’s a rather personal question.
Those damned agility drills taking our guys out every year it seems. I wonder if we will have any pitchers left by opening day.
Well, I will take the positive view and say at least it was not an elbow or shoulder injury. Six weeks lost is not as bad as six months or a year. No ACL, no Rotator Cuff etc. He will however have to take care in recovery and not rush it. I imagine obliques would be easy to reinjure.
In my experience, a bad oblique pull can take as long to heal as a moderate ankle sprain.
Another decapitation photo. At least as I view it on Safari or Chrome on Mac. Anyone else getting these display issues for photos at the top of articles?
I’m seeing the same. For a second I thought Justin’s injury must be cranial.
Could be worse, could be anal.
Yeah! We don’t really have the same kind of tool for indicating the focal point that we used to have on the Chorus editor.
Can you manually crop the photo so that it displays correctly, or make the space for the header photo longer in the vertical dimension on the template?
That’s what we are looking into. I am a relatively sophisticated digital artist but I need to know what are the right dimensions in order to crop correctly.
You fixed it!
I think H.T. Ennis did those ones. I have to ask him what are the optimal dimensions in pixels.
First domino falls, here we go again, good grief,
And so it begins ……..
Day 1 injury. Nice work trainers.
The Angels have either the worst luck in baseball when it comes to pitchers, or the most incompetent training staff in the MLB.
This ones on the player.
Does he not stretch, or do sit ups, during the off season?
But yes, training staff is WORSY.
Maybe stretch before throwing next time, eh guys?