Burdi (elbow) shifted his rehab assignment to Triple-A Indianapolis and retired two of the five batters he faced Wednesday against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He was charged with two runs (one earned) on three hits and a wild pitch in the loss.
Prior to joining the Triple-A club, Burdi, who is on the mend from Tommy John surgery, had made five rehab appearances between the Florida State and Eastern Leagues. None of those outings had come since July 31, however, though the Pirates didn't indicate the right-hander suffered any sort of setback. The Rule 5 pick could make regular appearances at Triple-A for the next week or so before being activated from the 60-day disabled list when rosters expand in September.
Burdi (elbow) tossed a scoreless inning in a rehab outing Monday for Double-A Akron, working around a hit and a walk and striking out two.
It was the third rehab appearance for Burdi, who is nearing the finish line in his recovery from the Tommy John surgery he required last May. The elbow injury didn't deter the Pirates from acquiring him in the Rule 5 draft, which means that Burdi will have a spot on the big club's active roster waiting for him once his 30-day rehab window expires. If the Pirates aren't willing to spare a spot in the bullpen for the right-hander, he would be subject to waivers and offered back to the Twins.
Burdi (elbow) began a rehab assignment with High-A Bradenton on Monday.
Burdi will make his first competitive pitches since undergoing Tommy John surgery last May. The length of his absence means he'll need a long rehab assignment before being considered for major-league action, though the Pirates will have to call him up once his rehab stint ends as he was selected in the Rule 5 draft over the offseason. So far in his professional career, he's topped out at the Double-A level, recording a 3.17 ERA there in 63.2 innings with the Twins' Chattanooga affiliate.
Burdi (elbow) is expected to begin a minor-league rehab assignment within the next couple of weeks, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
The Rule 5 pick has been sidelined all season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, which he required last summer. Now 13 months removed from the procedure, Burdi has resumed pitching in simulated games and will soon be ready to advance to the final phase of the rehab process. Given how long he has been sidelined, Burdi will likely need the entire 30-day rehab window in the minors to prove to the Pirates that he's healthy and ready to join the big club. He's not expected to be activated from the 60-day disabled list until at least August.
Burdi (elbow) is expected to appear in simulated games at extended spring training beginning in early June, Elizabeth Bloom of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The report likely means that Burdi has progressed to throwing off a mound, with facing hitters representing the next hurdle he'll need to clear as he makes his way back from Tommy John surgery. He'll likely appear in several simulated games before the Pirates send him out on an extended minor-league rehab assignment. Once activated from the 60-day disabled list, Burdi, a Rule 5 selection this past winter, will need to be included on the Pirates' 25-man roster or else he'll be exposed to waivers and offered back to the Twins.
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