Anderson exits in sixth with left-calf cramp

Dodgers lefty on track to make next scheduled start

Anderson exits in sixth with left-calf cramp

SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers starter Brett Anderson left Sunday's 5-1 win over the Padres in the top of the sixth inning with a cramp in his left calf. Despite the early exit, Anderson remains on track to make his next start.

The veteran left-hander felt his calf tighten on a pitch to Padres center fielder Wil Myers, who smacked a line drive to center.

After a visit from the team trainer, the Dodgers decided to lift Anderson, who had already thrown 95 pitches and whose leash was getting short anyway. Anderson left with two outs and runners on first and second, and reliever J.P. Howell recorded the final out, keeping the Dodgers in front, 2-1.

"You get a calf cramp, usually it goes away," Anderson said. "But this was the longest one I've ever had. It just balled up and wouldn't go away. J.P. did a tremendous job. You never want to put your bullpen in that situation."

Given Anderson's injury history, it would come as no surprise if Dodgers fans were holding their collective breath. But Anderson was never concerned that the issue could be something long-term.

"I know I'm a sweater," Anderson said. "So I have to drink more fluids than most people, and I usually start two or three days before. I guess I just didn't get enough fluids."

Anderson allowed one earned run -- a solo homer off the bat of Jedd Gyorko -- on four hits and four walks, while striking out four.

AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.