Justin Anderson injured; Angels pitching takes hit

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

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red floyd
Super Member
1 year ago

Of course…

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Cowboy26
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  red floyd

Stop making sense.

NoBolognaPolonia
Newbie
1 year ago

Rumor has it the “training staff” is really just a dumpy O.C. housewife with a satchel full if essential oils.

Mia
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Mia
1 year ago

They prefer to be called “holistic health coaches”

Wait, that doesn’t sound right.

I mean, “anti-science influencers”

Mia
Super Member
Mia
1 year ago

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.

Jessica DeLine
Admin
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Mia

Shhh! We must overreact!!!

Mia
Super Member
Mia
1 year ago
Reply to  Jessica DeLine

Fire Eppler! Force Arte to sell the team! Why didn’t Maddon hire better strength and conditioning coaches!!

We’re doomed!

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Mia

There goes the World Series!

Might as well sell my Playoff tickets to…

Cowboy26
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Mia

We did. Here’s a picture of him at work:

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Jeff Joiner
Editor
Super Member
1 year ago

Thankfully we have Kyle Keller now. Killer stuff, high walk rate, we won’t miss a beat here.

https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kelleky01.shtml

steelgolf
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

8 walks in 10.2 innings pitched? That is Eppler material right there.

Cowboy26
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  steelgolf

You gotta be pretty damn good to keep your WHIP at 1.21 when you walk 8 guys in 10-2/3 innings.

halofansince1978
Trusted Member
1 year ago

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.

Jessica DeLine
Admin
Trusted Member
1 year ago

yeah at least it’s “only” grade 2

Rahul Setty
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Trusted Member
1 year ago

Jfc it’s not even April

DowningDude
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Rahul Setty

I love Jesus’ Fried Chicken. Heavenly extra crispy recipe

ScoopleDoople
Member
1 year ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Good one , made me laugh out loud.

Rahul Setty
Admin
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  DowningDude

extra cRISPy*

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Joc’s Fried Chicken?

Not coming soon!

Blackgoat
Trusted Member
1 year ago

Ripped the bandaid off early!

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Super Member

Thanks Arte.

DonoRomantico
Member
1 year ago

Yawn

Designerguy
Super Member
1 year ago

Two days into Spring Training…

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TristanRaven
Newbie
1 year ago
Reply to  Designerguy

Just a flesh wound

hockey_duckie
Member
1 year ago
Reply to  TristanRaven

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?

Rallymanatee
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  hockey_duckie

It’s not a matter of where he grips it. It’s a simple matter of weight ratio.

SchofieldsWalkoff
Newbie
1 year ago

Ehh. Not a big deal. He has the same profile as a number of the waiver claims Eppler made this winter.

red floyd
Super Member
1 year ago

Fire the training staff.

rspencer
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  red floyd

My wife has been saying that for at least twenty years.

NorCalHalofan
Member
1 year ago
Reply to  red floyd

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

GeoKaplan8
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  red floyd

Serious question: Do we know if the staff of 2020 is largely the same as 2016 or 2018?

Jeff Joiner
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Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  GeoKaplan8

Smitty, the head trainer, has been there for decades.

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Reporting for Spring Training Sir!
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Cowboy26
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  GeoKaplan8

that’s a rather personal question.

Charles Sutton
Editor
Trusted Member
1 year ago

Those damned agility drills taking our guys out every year it seems. I wonder if we will have any pitchers left by opening day.

JackFrost
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

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.

rspencer
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  JackFrost

In my experience, a bad oblique pull can take as long to heal as a moderate ankle sprain.

Simba
Member
1 year ago

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?

2pints
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Simba

I’m seeing the same. For a second I thought Justin’s injury must be cranial.

TristanRaven
Newbie
1 year ago
Reply to  2pints

Could be worse, could be anal.

DowningDude
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Simba

Same

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Charles Sutton
Editor
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Simba

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.

rspencer
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

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?

Charles Sutton
Editor
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  rspencer

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.

rspencer
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

You fixed it!

Charles Sutton
Editor
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  rspencer

I think H.T. Ennis did those ones. I have to ask him what are the optimal dimensions in pixels.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
1 year ago

First domino falls, here we go again, good grief,

steelgolf
Super Member
1 year ago

And so it begins ……..

halofolife
Member
1 year ago

trAdition

Jessica DeLine
Admin
Trusted Member
1 year ago

Day 1 injury. Nice work trainers.

angelslogic
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Jessica DeLine

The Angels have either the worst luck in baseball when it comes to pitchers, or the most incompetent training staff in the MLB.

Charles Sutton
Editor
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  angelslogic

Maybe both.

eyespy
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Jessica DeLine

This ones on the player.

Does he not stretch, or do sit ups, during the off season?

But yes, training staff is WORSY.

Oski_Bear
Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Jessica DeLine

Maybe stretch before throwing next time, eh guys?