Shaun Marcum done after one inning with leg injury

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Carl Crawford wasn’t the only player to suffer a leg injury in the bottom of the first tonight in the game between the Red Sox and the Brewers.  Milwaukee starter Shaun Marcum got hurt facing the very next batter of the frame and didn’t come back out the second.

Marcum hurt something while delivering a pitch to J.D. Drew before stumbling back to the mound and finishing the inning.  Marco Estrada replaced him to start the second in Boston.

Marcum gave up two runs before getting hurt.  With the bases loaded and two out, he retired Drew on a grounder to second to end the first.

The Brewers can ill afford to lose Marcum.  A definite All-Star candidate, the right-hander entered the night 7-2 with a 2.68 ERA this season. Estrada likely would be the choice to fill in for him if a replacement is needed.  He made four starts early this season while Zack Greinke was out and went 1-1 with a 5.18 ERA.

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.