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