In the midst of perhaps their greatest victory of 2019, the Miami Marlins may have sustained their greatest loss of the season, as right fielder Brian Anderson's left hand was broken Friday when hit by a pitch.
Anderson, one of the few bright spots for a team sporting the worst record in the National League, was plunked with the bases loaded in the third inning of a game against the visiting Philadelphia Phillies. He stayed in and eventually scored a run before exiting.
Postgame X-rays revealed a broken left hand. Expected to be sidelined at least six weeks, Anderson is likely done for the season.
"It was a rough day for me," Anderson told reporters following the Marlins' 19-11 win. "But I keep looking at it like it was a great day for our team. The way we fought back, that helped (my spirits) a lot. ...
"It will probably be it for the season for me. Obviously, not the news you want to hear, but at the same point, it's baseball, and stuff like this happens."
The pitch that struck Anderson was a 93 mph Vince Velasquez fastball. The resulting run was Miami's first in a game the Phillies led 7-0 after 2 1/2 innings. The Marlins would score six more runs in the inning, and they wound up with their highest run total of the season.
Anderson leads the Marlins in home runs (20), doubles (33), RBIs (66) and runs scored (57). He has a .261 batting average.
For his career, the 26-year-old Oklahoma native is a .267 hitter with 31 home runs and 139 RBIs in 307 games spanning three seasons.