Burnes (2-3) allowed one earned run on five hits and one walk while striking out nine, taking the loss to the Cardinals on Thursday. Burnes struck out 58 batters to start the season before issuing his first walk in the fifth inning to Tommy Edman, breaking Kenley Jansen's modern-day record for most strikeouts to start a season without allowing a walk. Unfortunately, Burnes was handed the loss after just one run allowed in five innings as the Brewers' offense once again failed to provide any run support. The 26-year-old has a 1.57 ERA in six starts and the Brewers have only managed to win two of them. He has the best K/9 amongst starters in baseball with 15.2.
Burnes (illness) was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list Thursday, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. Burnes spent two weeks on the injured list after he tested positive for COVID-19 in late April, but he was asymptomatic and able to work out on his own while in quarantine. The right-hander will start Thursday's game against the Cardinals. In his first five starts this season, Burnes posted a 1.53 ERA and 0.55 WHIP in 29.1 innings.
Burnes, who will be activated from the COVID-19 injured list to start Thursday's game against the Cardinals, confirmed that he was shut down as a result of a positive test for the coronavirus, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. Burnes noted that he was unsure how he contracted the virus, but since he was asymptomatic throughout his quarantine period, he's optimistic he'll be able to pick up where he left off prior to landing on the IL. Because he didn't exhibit symptoms of the virus, Burnes was cleared to work out and throw on his own while in quarantine. The Brewers could still look to limit his workload to some extent Thursday, but Burnes should be in line for a relatively normal start as he returns to action for the first time since April 26.
Burnes (undisclosed) will rejoin his teammates Monday and will throw a bullpen session that day with an eye towards being activated from the COVID-19 injured list later in the week, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Burnes' dominant start to the season was interrupted by a trip to the injured list for unspecified reasons in late April. His exact return date remains unclear, but he should start sometime next week and will look to build on an incredible start which has seen him post a 1.53 ERA, 0.55 WHIP and 49:0 K:BB through five starts.
Burnes' return timeline will be unclear until the end of the week, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. The righty was placed on the COVID-19 list at the end of a dominant April in which he struck out 49 batters and walked zero. Burnes figures to return sooner rather than later, and manager Craig Counsell's update at the end of the week will likely hint at his return date.
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