The Giants could sign Pat Burrell to a minor league deal

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Burrell homer.jpgThe Chronicle’s Henry Schulman reports that the San Francisco Giants are “in the talking stages” with Pat Burrell over a minor league deal.  Schulman’s source tells him that Burrell “has other options,” however.

I’m assuming those options include his recliner, beers with his dad’s friends at the VFW hall and other activities that people who can’t really play baseball anymore do, but I suppose time will tell.

Not that he would be a terrible signing for the Giants, especially as a minor league deal.  I mean, he’s only 32, and in Giants years that’s like being 25, so some time in Fresno could give the kid some needed Sabean seasoning in advance of contributing to what appears like it will be a Mark DeRosa-less left field for most if not all of the rest of the season.

Burrell has played in the outfield exactly twice since 2008 so it would be an adventure, but the Giants need offense wherever they can get it at the moment.

Nationals place Anthony Rendon on disabled list

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The Nationals announced that third baseman Anthony Rendon has been placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 19, with a toe contusion. Pitcher Austin Adams was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse.

Rendon fouled a pitch off of his foot on April 13 in a game against the Rockies. The Nationals were hoping he wouldn’t need to go on the disabled list, which is why he was day-to-day for a week and a half. Unfortunately, Rendon’s stint on the DL can only be backdated to Thursday, so he won’t be eligible to return until this weekend.

Rendon, 27, is hitting .286/.355/.411 with a home run and four RBI in 62 plate appearances so far this season. Wilmer Difo has been handling third base while Rendon has been out and figures to continue doing so for the next week or so.