But he showed a little something Monday at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.
He hit 96 mph on the radar gun and retired the three Toronto Blue Jays he faced.
"It was totally awesome," he said. "You can't really put into words what I'm feeling right now, but it was something I've been thinking about the last two years. It felt great. ... I figure I've still got a 103, 104, 105 left in me. I'm pretty excited about where I'm at."
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he sees Anderson getting another chance or two to pitch this spring. Anderson is not in big league camp. He signed a Minor League deal after being out of baseball the past two seasons.
"He got 'em out," Manuel said. "I think we've got to see some more of him. Yeah, he could pitch some more. Hell, he got three outs."
Anderson is looking for more than an opportunity to pitch.
"My expectation, my goal is to make this team out of Spring Training," he said. "That's the only thing that's on my mind. That's my goal. I plan on doing everything I can to do that."
Anderson is a long shot after being out of baseball so long, but he certainly gave the Phillies something to think about Monday. It would be a remarkable story if he comes back, whenever it might happen.
"I was coaching my kids in Little League," he said. "I've kept my body in shape the whole time. I always knew I could do it. I just had to. I really feel like I've got a lot left in me."