Sean Burnett shut down for a month with elbow injury

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The good news for Angels reliever Sean Burnett is that an MRI exam showed no structural damage in his injured elbow and doctors have told the left-hander he won’t need surgery.

The bad news? Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that Burnett will be completely shut down for at least a month, at which point he’ll start throwing again and see where he’s at. In other words, there’s seemingly a pretty good chance Burnett has thrown his last pitch for the Angels this season.

Burnett signed a two-year, $8 million deal this offseason after leaving the Nationals as a free agent and October surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow kept his price tag down, so the Angels knew what they were getting into.

Video: Gift Ngoepe singles in his first major league at-bat

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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.

Shelby Miller getting third opinion on elbow from Dr. James Andrews

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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.