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Top Nick Burdi News

  • Nick Burdi: Let go by San Diego

    The Padres released Burdi (elbow) on Thursday.

    Burdi opened the season on Triple-A El Paso's 7-day injured list before being activated April 19 and then optioned two days later without making a single appearance for the affiliate. The 29-year-old right-hander is apparently healthy again after undergoing his second Tommy John surgery in October 2020, but the Padres may not have been encouraged enough by his throwing sessions to justify keeping him around on the Triple-A roster.

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  • Padres' Nick Burdi: Joins Padres on minors deal

    Burdi (elbow) signed a minor-league contract with the Padres on Tuesday, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    Burdi is clearly talented, but injuries have unfortunately been the story of his career thus far. He made just three appearances last season before undergoing Tommy John surgery. He's expected to miss the entirety of the upcoming season, meaning this is a low-risk investment for 2022 and beyond for San Diego.

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  • Nick Burdi: Elects free agency

    Burdi (elbow) elected free agency Monday rather than accept an outright assignment to the minors, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    The injury bug bit Burdi yet again in 2020, as he threw just 2.1 innings before hitting the injured list with elbow issues which eventually led to Tommy John surgery. He'll sit out the entirety of the 2021 season while recovering from the injury and could wind up doing so as a free agent, though another team could in theory pay for his rehab in order to secure his services in 2022. Whether or not a team will do that for a pitcher with just 12.1 big-league innings under his belt remains to be seen.

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  • Pirates' Nick Burdi: Outrighted to Triple-A

    Burdi (elbow) cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Burdi was designated for assignment Sunday after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Although he'll miss the entire 2021 season due to the procedure, he'll remain in the Pirates' organization.

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  • Pirates' Nick Burdi: DFA'd after Tommy John surgery

    Burdi (elbow) underwent Tommy John surgery in October and was designated for assignment by the Pirates on Sunday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

    The 27-year-old received a platelet-rich plasma injection in August to avoid surgery at the time, but the treatment apparently didn't have the intended impact. Burdi has now been removed from Pittsburgh's 40-man roster as he'll miss the entirety of the 2021 while recovering from his second Tommy John surgery.

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  • Pirates' Nick Burdi: Avoids surgery for now

    Burdi (elbow) won't need surgery for now and will receive a platelet-rich plasma injection instead, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Burdi picked up his first career save this year but lasted just three appearances before his frustratingly frequent injury problems resurfaced. While it's certainly a positive that he's avoided surgery, his latest issue is nevertheless serious enough that he's already been ruled out for the remainder of the year. Whether or not he's at full strength to being the 2021 campaign remains to be seen.

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  • Pirates' Nick Burdi: Won't pitch again in 2020

    The Pirates have ruled Burdi (elbow) out for the remainder of the season after he was placed on the 45-day injured list Wednesday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

    Burdi is technically eligible to return from the IL on Sept. 18, but the Pirates won't have him ramp up at that point with the regular season ending about a week and a half later. At this time, Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said the team is still gathering more information about the extent of Burdi's right elbow injury, so no formal timeline for his recovery has been established. The elbow injury is the latest in a string of arm-related setbacks for Burdi, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2017 and missed most of the 2019 season after requiring surgery to address thoracic outlet syndrome.

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  • Pirates' Nick Burdi: Lands on 45-day injured list

    Burdi was placed on the 45-day injured list with an unspecified elbow injury Wednesday.

    The Pirates handled the oft-injured righty cautiously early in the season, avoiding using him on back-to-back days, but the injury bug returned nonetheless. He picked up his first career save in one of his three appearances this season but may not pitch again this year, as there will be little over a week left in the season if he returns when first eligible in mid-September. Burdi has thrown just 43.1 total innings across all levels since the start of the 2016 season. Keone Kela will be the Pirates' closer when he returns from the COVID-19 injured list.

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  • Pirates' Nick Burdi: First big-league save

    Burdi walked one and struck out one in a scoreless inning to earn the save Tuesday against the Brewers.

    Burdi was called upon to protect a two-run lead in the ninth inning. After surrendering a leadoff walk, he was able to rebound, striking out Ben Gamel and inducing a double play from Lorenzo Cain to end the game and record his first career save. Given the lack of updates on Keone Kela (illness) and Kyle Crick's (shoulder) recent placement on the injured list, Burdi seems to be in line to be the primary closer for the foreseeable future, though the Pirates have said they will be cautious with Burdi, so he may not get every save opportunity.

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  • Pirates' Nick Burdi: Getting kid-gloves treatment

    Burdi was not available to pitch in Monday's extra-inning loss to Milwaukee, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.

    "Coming off the injuries he has and what he's done, we're going to be careful in terms of his usage going forward," manager Derek Shelton said. Burdi threw 11 pitches Sunday. Relievers Michael Feliz and Kyle Crick surrendered four ninth-inning runs Monday night while Pittsburgh rested Burdi.

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  • Pirates' Nick Burdi: Looks invincible against St. Louis

    Burdi struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning against the Cardinals on Sunday.

    While manager Derek Shelton hasn't committed to Burdi as his closer, it's difficult seeing the team go in any other direction. The hard-throwing righty -- he touched 99 mph Sunday, also features a sharp-breaking slider. In fact, he whiffed Paul Goldschmidt on three consecutive sliders. The outing was Burdi's first since suffering a season-ending biceps injury in 2019.

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  • Pirates' Nick Burdi: Throws against Indians

    Burdi allowed one run on two hits in the ninth inning against Cleveland on Saturday. He struck out two batters.

    Manager Derek Shelton said the team will not have a set closer with Keone Kela (undisclosed) out, leaving Burdi in contention for save opportunities with Kyle Crick, Richard Rodriguez and possibly Michael Feliz. Crick pitched poorly Saturday, leaving the door open for another reliever to get the first chance to nail down a save. Burdi looked better than Crick, consistently reaching the upper 90s with his heater while Crick sat in the low 90s.

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  • Pirates' Nick Burdi: Ready to rise?

    Burdi could see his stock rise quickly after missing most of 2019 with a biceps injury, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.

    He was hitting triple digits with his fastball during Grapefruit League action, where he struck out eight batters in 4.1 innings. The 27-year-old might not hold much fantasy value currently, but that could change if he pitches similarly to the way he did during spring training.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 225 lbs
Birthplace: Hinsdale, IL
Age: 29
School: Louisville
Experience: 3
Bats/Throws: R, R