Travis Hafner to undergo MRI exam on injured right ankle

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Travis Hafner’s strong start is on hold after the designated hitter was scratched from last night’s lineup with right ankle soreness and Jordan Bastian of reports that he’ll undergo an MRI exam today.

Hafner has missed an average of 72 games per season during the past three years, but most of his health problems have been shoulder-related and he’s looked healthy while hitting .342 with four homers, five doubles, and a .959 OPS through 21 games.

Shelley Duncan started in Hafner’s place yesterday and homered in four at-bats as the Indians swept the Royals to improve to an AL-best 16-8.

Marlins sign Sean Burnett to minor league deal

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Free agent reliever Sean Burnett signed a minor-league pact with the Marlins on Saturday. Per’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.