Arizona just announced that utility man Geoff Blum will likely miss 6-8 weeks following knee surgery, although Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that an official return timetable won’t be set “until doctors see the extent of the damage.”
Kirk Gibson revealed that it won’t be microfracture surgery, which qualifies as good news. Blum has been sidelined since mid-March.
In one of his first moves as general manager Kevin Towers gave Blum a two-year, $2.7 million deal, which raised eyebrows as a multi-year commitment and surprising amount of money to a 38-year-old career-long utility man who hit .267 with a .678 OPS in 2010 and has topped a .700 OPS once since 2003.
Free agent reliever Sean Burnett signed a minor-league pact with the Marlins on Saturday. Per MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, the left-hander is slated to begin the season in extended spring training and will work toward a role in the majors.
Burnett, 35, has not appeared in full-time role in MLB since 2012. He last pitched for a big league team in 2016, surfacing for 5 2/3 innings with the Nationals before returning to the minors. Despite signing a minor-league deal with the Phillies last spring, he failed to make the Opening Day roster and was released prior to the start of the season.
Complicating Burnett’s return is a slew of chronic elbow issues. The left-hander has dealt with everything from bone spurs to a torn UCL over the last six years, and will need to take things slowly in the minors before the Marlins consider adding him to the bullpen this season.