Perhaps it is coincidence, and perhaps it is not, but Shaun Anderson’s rehab start is aligning with Tyler Beede’s spot in the rotation.
Anderson will get the ball Tuesday night for Triple-A Sacramento in what is expected to be his only tune-up before he rejoins the Giants rotation. The rookie hasn’t pitched since Aug. 7, when he lasted just three innings before leaving early with a second blister on his right, throwing hand.
Anderson was struggling prior to his IL stint, with a 7.76 ERA in his past seven starts. Beede has been even worse over his past five outings, with an 8.49 ERA in a span in which he hasn’t pitched six innings in any start.
Beede survived his dud Wednesday, sticking in a rotation that suddenly features Logan Webb, who impressed in his major league debut, and Dereck Rodriguez, who threw seven scoreless innings Thursday.
If Beede does not pitch well Tuesday in Chicago, the Giants may have plans for his replacement.
The Arizona Fall League rosters have not yet been announced, but at least one prominent Giants prospect will be featured: Joey Bart. The AFL, which has begun a countdown toward the formal announcement, in which it drips out a prospect at a time, tweeted the catcher would be a Scottsdale Scorpion.
— MLB's Arizona Fall League (@MLBazFallLeague) August 20, 2019