Anderson signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers on Tuesday, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports. Anderson didn't have to wait long to find a new club after getting released by the Phillies on Sunday. He joins a team that's in desperate need of starting pitching, with Dane Dunning, Mike Foltynewicz and Spencer Howard all on the COVID-19 injured list. The Rangers may prefer to give opportunities to younger players rather than a 33-year-old who owns a 6.94 ERA over the last two seasons, however, so there's no guarantee he joins the major-league roster any time soon.
Anderson was released by the Phillies on Sunday, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports. Anderson was designated for assignment by the Phillies on Thursday and has now parted ways with the team. The veteran right-hander struggled as both a starter and reliver this season with a 6.75 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 35:20 K:BB across 48 innings (14 appearances).
The Phillies designated Anderson for assignment Thursday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. The well-traveled right-hander will cede his spot on the active roster to Zach Eflin (kneecap), who was reinstated from the 10-day injured list ahead of his scheduled start Thursday versus the Diamondbacks. Whether working out of the rotation or as a long reliever for Philadelphia, Anderson found little success. Over 48 innings Anderson posted a 6.75 ERA (5.85 FIP) and 1.48 WHIP.
The Phillies reinstated Anderson (triceps) from the 10-day injured list Sunday. Anderson spent just over the minimum amount of time on the IL with right triceps tendinitis, but his absence may have been long enough to cost him his spot in the rotation. After Anderson had served as the Phillies' fifth starter prior to going on the shelf, Matt Moore stepped into the rotation in his stead and tossed six no-hit innings in Saturday's 6-1 win over the Reds. Look for Moore to be rewarded with another start during the upcoming week, leaving Anderson to work out of the bullpen for the time being.
Anderson was placed on the 10-day injured list with right triceps tendinitis Saturday, retroactive to Aug. 5. Anderson had a rough outing against the Nationals on Wednesday and allowed three home runs in four innings, and he'll miss at least one turn through the rotation after he was diagnosed with a triceps injury. The Phillies will be able to skip his scheduled start early next week since the team has a day off Monday, but they haven't announced who will take his place in the rotation if he misses more than the minimum of 10 days.