Pat Burrell retired last month after a 12-season career, but the 35-year-old former No. 1 overall pick may soon be back with the Giants as a part-time coach and special assistant.
Burrell is currently rehabbing from shoulder surgery, but once he’s healthy general manager Brian Sabean told Chris Haft of MLB.com that “we hope to figure something out” to bring him back into the fold.
Based on reputation alone Burrell might seem like an odd fit for an immediate return to coaching, but Haft writes that “his selective plate approach impressed the Giants and prompted their desire to add him to their staff.”
True enough, as Burrell averaged 92 walks per 162 games during his career and posted a strong .361 on-base percentage despite a sub par .253 batting average. He spent one-and-a-half seasons with the Giants and was part of the championship team in 2010, although he went 0-for-13 in the World Series.
Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.
Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.
Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.
Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.
The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.