In 2019 and 2020, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Nick Anderson was on top of the world.
He is famous for knocking out 110 batters in just 65 frames in 2019, with a 3.32 ERA between the Miami Marlins and Rays.
He was also great in 2020, until he got injured.
In fact, he was the one who replaced Blake Snell in that famous World Series game in which Snell had just 73 pitches and was distributing.
Anderson lost his mind at the time, but was injured in the pitch.
He then had recurring elbow problems which limited him in 2021, and was also hampered by a severe case of plantar fasciitis in 2022.
His injury issues and the fact that majors spots are scarce and extremely valuable prompted the Rays to unplug Anderson.
Injuries derailed his career
“The Tampa Bay Rays beat right-handed reliever Nick Anderson squarely,” sources told ESPN. He is on waiver and the other 29 teams can add him to their major league roster. If he clears the waivers, he will remain in the Rays’ minor league system. Injuries have hampered him since 2020,” insider Jeff Passan tweeted.
The Tampa Bay Rays squarely beat right-handed reliever Nick Anderson, sources told ESPN. He is on waiver and the other 29 teams can add him to their major league roster. If he clears the waivers, he will remain in the Rays’ minor league system. Injuries have hampered him since 2020.
—Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 9, 2022
Anderson is still relatively young, at 32.
Plantar fasciitis shouldn’t be as much of a concern for other teams as the fact that he’s had elbow issues lately and was only able to strike out one batter in six innings of 2021.
His fastball speed was also down over those six innings, so it’s not exactly encouraging for him.
On raw talent alone, however, he will likely be claimed on waivers by a team looking to give him a chance to stay and create some business value.
It’s always disconcerting how good he was and how badly he fell.