Injury Updates On Chase Anderson and Gerald Laird


Gerald Laird appeared in a rehab game on Sunday. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Before tonight’s win against the Nationals in Washington D.C, the Arizona Diamondbacks provided updates on 2 Dbacks trying to make their way back to the team.

RHP starter Chase Anderson pitched in a rehab outing for the AZL Rookie League Diamondbacks against the AZL Athletics on Sunday.

He threw 4 shutout frames allowing 4 hits while striking out 4 and walking nobody in a 7-2 victory.

Anderson is 4-4 with a 4.37 ERA and a 4.23 FIP in his 2nd season with the team across 18 starts. Anderson has given up 12 home runs. He was much more effective last season when he won his first 5 starts in a Dbacks uniform.

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After indicating earlier in the week that Anderson’s next start would come in the majors over the weekend against the Reds, Manager Chip Hale said today that the team is still discussing a lot of options.

“There are a lot of different things we’re talking about,” Hale said. “We’re throwing a lot of things out there, and we’ll probably come to a decision by [Tuesday].”

The Dbacks are considering going with a 6 man rotation in order to limit the innings of Patrick Corbin. The Dbacks only have 1 day off in August and they want to keep their pitchers fresh.

In order to do that and keep 7 bullpen arms, the Dbacks would have to send down a position player and their isn’t much wiggle room to do that.

Zack Godley is 3-0 and has allowed just 3 runs in 18 innings in his 3 major league starts. He is making a strong case to stay in the rotation which makes this decision tougher.

In other injury news, Dbacks catcher Gerald Laird caught 4.0 innings and went 1 for 2 with an RBI and a walk

Laird has been on the D.L. since April 12th with back spasms. He has appeared in just 1 game for the Diamondbacks this season after joining the team this past spring as a non-roster invitee.