Reds setup man Jared Burton opened the 2011 regular season on the disabled list due to shoulder inflammation and underwent arthroscopic surgery on that same shoulder just this past week.
He is a long way from fully returning to a major league mound, but the right-handed reliever is making some amount of progress.
According to Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Burton has already been cleared to begin doing light rehab work and is aiming to return to the Cincinnati bullpen by July.
“It’s still pretty sore, but I’ve made a lot of progress in a week already,” Burton said Satruday. “I’ve really been pushing myself the first few days, and it’s made it a lot easier to get over that initial hump.”
Burton, 29, has a healthy 3.40 career ERA and 1.31 career WHIP across 158 major league relief appearances. He spent a majority of the 2010 season in the minors due to problems with arm fatigue.
The Marlins announced on Sunday that outfielder Giancarlo Stanton will defend his Home Run Derby title when the city of Miami host’s the All-Star Game festivities next month.
Stanton, 27, defeated Todd Frazier in the finals of last year’s Home Run Derby at Petco Park, hitting 20 home runs to Frazier’s 13. Stanton hit a total of 61 home runs in the Derby. This will be the third Home Run Derby in which Stanton has participated.
Stanton also went 1-for-3 with a solo home run to help the Marlins defeat the Cubs 4-2 on Sunday. He’s now batting .274/.357/.551 with 20 home runs and 49 RBI in 311 plate appearances.
Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks left Sunday’s game against the Rangers after four innings due to soreness in his right oblique. After the game, Hicks said he expects to go on the 10-day disabled list and miss the next three to four weeks, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports.
Hicks was 1-for-2 with a single before departing on Sunday. He entered the game batting .288/.397/.515 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI in 198 plate appearances. It is by far the best season of his career.
Jacoby Ellsbury is on his way back from a concussion, so the Yankees will only have to bridge the gap in center field for a week or two. Mason Williams could draw some starts in center field in the meantime.