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September 17, 2020 05:24 PM
Rays' Nick Anderson: Takes first loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson (1-1) was charged with the loss in an extra-inning defeat at the hands of the Nationals on Wednesday, allowing a hit on two runs (one earned) over one inning while striking out the side.

The normally reliable right-hander finally faltered, surrendering a two-run home run to Luis Garcia with inning-opening baserunner Carter Kieboom aboard in the 10th to snap a 2-2 tie. Anderson rebounded to mow down Victor Robles, Michael Taylor and Jake Noll on swinging strikeouts, but he was ultimately saddled with the loss when the Nationals' Kyle McGowin returned the favor against a trio of Rays in the home half of the frame. Despite the stumble, Anderson now has an eye-popping 22:2 K:BB across 13 innings, with just 23 of the 47 batters he's faced successfully putting the ball in play against him.

September 16, 2020 02:04 PM
Rays' Nick Anderson: Grabs fifth save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson struck out both the batters he faced to record his fifth save of the season in Tuesday's 6-1 win over the Nationals.

The Rays seemingly had a comfortable lead heading into the ninth inning, but after Ryan Sherriff loaded the bases with one out, Anderson got the call with the tying run on deck and stopped the Nats' rally dead in its tracks. The 30-year-old still has an unblemished ERA on the season that's accompanied by a 0.50 WHIP, 19:2 K:BB, a win and five holds in addition to his saves.

September 5, 2020 04:36 AM
Rays' Nick Anderson: Picks up save in return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson (forearm) threw a scoreless ninth inning against the Marlins on Friday to earn his fourth save of the season. He struck out one batter and issued one walk.

Activated earlier in the day, Anderson was thrust into a save chance in his very first appearance back from a forearm injury. He needed 22 pitches to record three outs, but Anderson got the job done, and manager Kevin Cash's bullpen management Friday hints at Anderson being the preferred closing option moving forward. Peter Fairbanks and Diego Castillo pitched the seventh and eighth innings, respectively.

September 4, 2020 03:44 PM
Rays' Nick Anderson: Returns from injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson (forearm) was activated from the 10-day injured list Friday, Juan Toribio of reports.

The 30-year-old threw a successful simulated game Wednesday and is now ready to rejoin the Rays after missing the past two-plus weeks with right forearm inflammation. Anderson has allowed only four hits with a 15:1 K:BB through 9.1 innings this year, and he should reclaim a high-leverage role for manager Kevin Cash, including save chances.

September 2, 2020 05:24 PM
Rays' Nick Anderson: Sim game goes well
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson (forearm) threw a successful sim game Wednesday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.

Manager Kevin Cash said that Anderson's bullpen session Monday was "very encouraging," and he had another positive update regarding his throwing session Wednesday. The right-hander could potentially return for the Rays' weekend series against the Marlins as long as he continues to respond well.

September 1, 2020 08:32 PM
Rays' Nick Anderson: Sim game set for Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson (forearm) is scheduled to throw a simulated game Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The right-hander threw a live batting practice session Monday which manager Kevin Cash called "very encouraging," as he appears to be nearing his return from the injured list. If all goes well during Wednesday's sim game, Anderson could be activated for the weekend series against the Marlins.

September 2, 2020 12:00 AM
Rays' Nick Anderson: Throws 'very encouraging' live BP
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson (forearm) completed what manager Kevin Cash said was a "very encouraging" live batting practice session Monday in Port Charlotte, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

This news comes on the heels of Anderson completing a successful 15-pitch bullpen session Saturday. The fact Anderson looked good against live hitters 48 hours later led Cash to remark the hard-throwing reliever could very well be ready for activation when the Rays return from their road trip Friday.

August 29, 2020 08:32 PM
Rays' Nick Anderson: Completes short bullpen
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson (forearm) threw a 15-pitch bullpen session Saturday and will likely also throw a live bullpen Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Manager Kevin Cash was fairly optimistic Wednesday that Anderson would be able to come off the 10-day injured list when first eligible Sunday. However, it appears as though the 30-year-old needs to complete at least one more successful throwing session before rejoining the team. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported that Anderson is now on track to be activated when the Rays return home to face the Marlins in a series starting next Friday.

August 26, 2020 09:32 AM
Rays' Nick Anderson: Could be back Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Kevin Cash expressed optimism that Anderson (forearm) will be ready to return from the 10-day injured list Sunday when first eligible, Juan Toribio of reports.

Cash reiterated Tuesday that Anderson was "doing well" since being shut down over the weekend with right forearm inflammation, but the skipper didn't specify whether the 30-year-old has resumed throwing. Assuming Anderson can at least complete a pain-free bullpen session within the next few days, he'll have a good chance at meeting his goal of an abbreviated stay on the IL. Anderson had been dominant at the back of the Tampa Bay bullpen prior to hitting the shelf, converting three saves while turning in a 0.54 WHIP and a 15:1 K:BB over 9.1 scoreless innings.

August 23, 2020 05:56 PM
Rays' Nick Anderson: Hopeful for brief absence
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson and manager Kevin Cash both indicated that the forearm issue that landed the right-hander on the 10-day injured list Sunday isn't considered serious, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "Not really worried," Anderson said. "Honestly, a couple days off and [I'll] kind of get back in the swing of things. Should be good in a week or so."

Players are generally more optimistic about quick returns from injury than club officials, but since Cash was similarly confident that Anderson would be in line for a brief stint on the IL, Anderson's words hold more merit. According to Cash, Anderson was given Thursday off after appearing in games the previous two days, but the right-hander informed the coaching staff he didn't feel right while playing catch Friday. Tampa Bay sent Anderson in for an MRI over the weekend that didn't reveal anything overly concerning, but the team still opted to err on the side of caution by shutting him down. While Anderson is on the mend, the Rays will likely turn to Diego Castillo as their preferred option for save situations.

August 23, 2020 05:56 PM
Rays' Nick Anderson: IL bound with forearm inflammation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Rays placed Anderson on the 10-day injured list Sunday with right forearm inflammation, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.

Anderson becomes the ninth key Rays pitcher to head to the IL, and the most significant bullpen arm. Though manager Kevin Cash has leaned on multiple pitchers in save situations this season, Anderson has led the Rays' closer committee, converting all three of his save chances while tossing 9.1 scoreless innings and posting a 0.54 WHIP and 15:1 K:BB. While Anderson is sidelined, Diego Castillo now looks to be the best bet for saves out of the Tampa Bay bullpen.

August 20, 2020 01:12 PM
Rays' Nick Anderson: Garners fourth hold
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson was credited with his fourth hold in a win over the Yankees on Wednesday, firing a perfect eighth inning during which he recorded two strikeouts.

Anderson mowed through the trio of Luke Voit, Gio Urshela and Mike Ford on just 13 pitches, nine of which he threw for strikes. The right-hander extended his season-opening scoreless streak to 11 appearances in the process, and he now owns a sparkling 15:1 K:BB over 9.1 innings to go along with four holds and three saves.

August 9, 2020 06:32 AM
Rays' Nick Anderson: Secures one-out save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson faced one batter and induced a flyout to earn the save in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Yankees.

Tampa Bay held a 5-1 lead entering the final frame, but New York rallied for two runs, prompting Anderson to be called upon to face Aaron Judge with a runner on second base. It was the right-hander's second save of the season, both of which occurred with him entering with at least one runner on base and the tying run at the plate. Anderson is clearly one of manager Kevin Cash's most trusted relievers, but early on in 2020 that's meant he's been utilized in the most important situations, not necessarily as the closer. The 30-year-old should still record some saves along the way as he has thus far while firing 4.1 scoreless innings, but it won't be with the consistency of a traditional closer.

August 4, 2020 11:20 PM
Rays' Nick Anderson: Nabs first save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson struck out both the batters he faced and did not allow a baserunner to earn the save Tuesday against the Red Sox.

The Rays led comfortably from the fifth inning on, with their bullpen hardly running into trouble until the final frame. In the ninth inning, Anderson was called upon with the bases loaded and a 5-1 lead. He responded by striking out both of the batters he faced to earn his first save of the campaign. It appeared early on this season that the Rays preferred to use Anderson in the highest-leverage situations -- not necessarily as the closer -- but even if that remains the case, he should run into a number of save opportunities throughout the season. His ability to rack up strikeouts and produce solid ratios are also useful, as he has yet to allow an earned run while also letting only two runners reach base through 3.1 innings.

July 26, 2020 10:24 PM
Rays' Nick Anderson: Nabs win in relief
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson (1-0) fired 1.1 scoreless innings to earn the win in Saturday's victory over the Blue Jays, allowing one hit and no walks.

A modest total of 14 pitches, 11 which got into the strike zone, is all it took for Anderson to record four outs and preserve a 1-1 tie. The 30-year-old inherited a high-leverage situation when he came on with two on and two out in the seventh, but he induced an inning-ending popup from Lourdes Gurriel to strand Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio. Anderson could certainly be in line for closing opportunities at times this season, but his above-average stuff and control also make him a natural fit for a role akin to the one he filled Saturday.

July 20, 2020 02:52 AM
Rays' Nick Anderson: Fans two in final frame
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson struck out two of the three batters he faced in the final half-inning of Sunday's intrasquad game, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.

He looked strong and pitched as the team's closer in the informal scrimmage. The Rays are not naming a closer, and they will likely give multiple relievers save chances this season, but there is a decent chance Anderson leads the team in saves.

July 9, 2020 08:52 PM
Rays' Nick Anderson: Rays not naming their closer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Rays are specifically not naming Anderson (or anyone else) the closer, John Romano of The Tampa Bay Times reports. "We've tried to stay away from naming specific roles because we think it's a benefit to our club to be able to be versatile and prioritize matchups," manager Kevin Cash said. "But there's no way you can doubt the value of how challenging getting the last three outs of the game is."

The Rays had 11 pitchers record saves last year, but Anderson wasn't one of them. Yet following the Emilio Pagan trade, he's the favorite to inherit at least the majority part of the role, but given the Rays' approach to the role, perhaps a little caution is advised, despite his excellent skills.

June 23, 2020 01:36 AM
Rays' Nick Anderson: Completes long-toss session
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson was able to get long-toss work in at Tropicana Field on Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Anderson was joined by bullpen mates such as Jose Alvarado and Diego Castillo at the Trop for some informal, small-group workouts. The hard-throwing right-hander had high expectations for the 2020 season in spring training; however, with what appears to be a modest 60-game campaign realistically on the horizon as of late Monday night, Anderson may share closing duties frequently with Alvarado and perhaps even Castillo depending on how manager Kevin Cash opts to manage his relievers under the unique circumstances.

March 23, 2020 02:40 PM
Rays' Nick Anderson: Likely top closer entering season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson was "in line to get the bulk of the save opportunities" for the Rays this season before spring training was suspended, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

It's worth noting that the above quote is an observation from Topkin and not a comment from manager Kevin Cash, but the report is probably the clearest indication we'll get that Anderson is the top Rays reliever to own for fantasy purposes. Cash's tendency to play matchups in the ninth inning means that the likes of Diego Castillo and Jose Alvarado could still scoop the occasional save chance, though Anderson's presumed status as Option 1A for closing situations should help alleviate some of the reservations fantasy managers may have had in investing in him. Anderson didn't record a save after coming over from Miami in a July 31 trade last season, but he was arguably the majors' best reliever over the final two months, posting a ridiculous 45.5 K-BB% and 2.11 ERA in 21.1 innings with the Rays.

March 10, 2020 04:04 PM
Rays' Nick Anderson: Cruising through spring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson, who's projected to have a part in closing duties this season, has fired four scoreless, one-hit innings across four appearances in Grapefruit League play.

The right-hander saw his path to closing opportunities open when Emilio Pagan was traded to the Padres, and his performance during the first half of spring training has only reinforced the notion that he's up to the task of high-leverage work. Anderson boasts a high-90s fastball that dovetails nicely with ninth-inning duties, and his elite 110:18 K:BB across 65 innings with the Rays and Marlins last season underscores the excellent control he also brings to the table.

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vs LHB 29.100 5.2201148
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