Ken Rosenthal reports that Pat Burrell will make a $1 million base salary with some added incentives.
I think this renders the deal sufficiently free of risk in the event that playoffs Pat Burrell shows up for the 2011 season instead of post-trade-from-the-Rays Burrell. At $1 million, the Giants can pretty much cut bait on the guy and not regret it too terribly. Or, even if he’s producing decently enough, they won’t mind benching him and moving Aubrey Huff to left in the event that Brandon Belt forces his way into the lineup.
This also, by the way, causes fans of teams in need of a corner outfielder to breathe a sigh of relief. Personally I could see the Braves giving him a couple three million, and I’m sure other teams would have considered this. Which would have been a bad risk in my view.
Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.
Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.
Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.