Burriss (suspension) is 1-for-8 with a run scored and a walk since being activated from the restricted list Friday. The veteran was suspended 50 games after testing positive for drugs of abuse back in April, but he's back in action after serving that sentence in full. He's only played in two games since being activated, though, so it seems like he's only playing part-time in the minors. He'll likely just act as an organizational depth piece for the rest of the season.
Burriss was suspended 50 games Tuesday after testing positive for a drug of abuse for the second time, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. Burriss signed on with the Nationals on a minor-league deal this winter but was unable to crack the Opening Day roster. Given the Nationals' depth up the middle, it's unlikely the 32-year-old will do anything other than serve as organizational depth upon his return.
Burriss was reassigned to minor league camp Saturday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN reports. The veteran latched on with the Nationals on a minor league deal this winter and struggled to get on base this spring (.290 OBP) despite striking out just once in 28 at-bats. The Nationals' depth up the middle meant that Burriss was a long shot to crack the Opening Roster when he signed. He'll head to minor league camp and will likely start the season with Triple-A Syracuse.
Burris is slashing .235/.263/.294 with one RBI in 17 at-bats this spring. After collecting a couple of hits in his first two games of spring, Burris has gone cold. He's just 2-for-11 in seven games this March, and hasn't knocked anything for more than a single. Barring a myriad of injuries to Washington's infield, the 32-year-old is likely destined for the minors to start the season, where he will serve as organizational depth.
Burriss was scratched from Friday's Grapefruit League game with right shoulder soreness, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. Osvaldo Abreu got the start at second base instead. Burriss signed a minor league deal with the Nationals this offseason and has gotten plenty of opportunities in the early going, recording three hits in 10 plate appearances so far this spring. Consider the 32-year-old day-to-day for now.
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