Sean Burnett hasn’t pitched since Sunday because of forearm soreness and Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the left-hander won’t be available out of the Angels’ bullpen until at least Thursday.
Burnett underwent an MRI exam and “no significant damage” was found, but according to manager Mike Scioscia the Angels “have had some kid gloves on him when he’s needed to rebound a bit” because “he’s a vital piece of our bullpen and we need him 100 percent.”
Burnett, who signed a two-year, $8 million deal with the Angels as a free agent this offseason, allowed just one run in eight innings before the injury.
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.