Brewers general manager David Stearns said Monday that Burnes won't require offseason surgery and is expected to make a full recovery from his left oblique strain with rest and rehab, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
Though Burnes' oblique strain was significant enough to sideline him for the team's three-game National League Wild Card series with the Dodgers last week, the 25-year-old apparently isn't dealing with any significant structural damage to his core-muscle area. His activity may remain limited for the next couple of weeks while he looks to move past the issue, but Burnes should otherwise be in store for a normal offseason. Burnes should head into 2021 as a likely top-100 selection in fantasy drafts after dazzling during the abbreviated 2020 campaign with a 2.11 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 88 strikeouts while allowing only two home runs in 59.2 innings.
Burnes was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday with a left oblique strain.
The 25-year-old exited Thursday's start during the fourth inning with lower back discomfort, but further evaluation showed it to be an oblique issue. Thursday's outing was already Burnes' final start of the regular season, but the injury removes him from consideration to pitch during the Wild Card round next week should Milwaukee qualify. According to Will Sammon of The Athletic, manager Craig Counsell said the severity of the injury will likely sideline the right-hander through the second round of the playoffs, if the Brewers are even still playing. Burnes finishes a breakout 2020 campaign with a 2.11 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 88:24 K:BB over 59.2 innings.
Burnes exited Thursday's start against the Cardinals with lower-back discomfort, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
Burnes initially talked his way into staying in the game after a visit from trainers, but he was ultimately removed with two outs in the fourth. Initial reports indicated the right-hander was displaying discomfort with his pitching hand, but it now appears that his back was the issue. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, manager Craig Counsell said the club would have a better idea of Burnes' status Friday. Should the Brewers qualify for the postseason, they will certainly hope Burnes can pitch one of their games in the wild-card round.
Burnes (4-0) allowed four hits and no walks while striking out nine across six innings to earn the win Saturday against Kansas City.
Burnes racked up 20 swinging strikes on 100 total pitches, and he's now fanned nine or more batters in four of his last five starts. He held the Royals' bats completely in check as all four of the hits he surrendered were singles. Burnes has been on a tear to close the season, allowing just one earned run across his last 29.2 frames while racking up a 47:6 K:BB. He's currently in line to take his final turn through the rotation Thursday at St. Louis.
Burnes allowed one run on five hits and three walks over 4.2 innings in the loss to St. Louis during Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader. He struck out 10 and did not factor in the decision.
Burnes wasn't very efficient, needing 101 pitches to get through just 4.2 innings, but he still managed double-digit punchouts for the third time in his last four outings. He was removed before allowing a run but was charged with one after Alex Claudio let an inherited runner score. The 25-year-old owns a stellar 74:22 K:BB and 1.98 ERA across 50 innings this season. Burnes will look to keep rolling against the Royals at home Saturday.
Burnes (3-0) earned the win Wednesday against the Tigers after recording 11 strikeouts and giving up one hit and zero walks over seven scoreless innings.
The 25-year-old allowed a one-out triple to Willi Castro during the fifth inning, but he stranded him at third base and that would be the only baserunner he'd surrender all afternoon. Burnes has a 1.99 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 64:19 K:BB through 45.1 innings and will have a matchup with the Cardinals early next week.
Burnes (2-0) was charged with one unearned run on three hits over six innings in a win over Cleveland on Friday. He struck out seven and issued two walks.
After working mostly in a piggyback role early on, Burnes has shined since stepping into the starting rotation. He's been especially good over his last two starts, giving up six hits and zero earned runs while posting a 17:3 K:BB over 12 innings. The 25-year-old right-hander is throwing heat and the cutter has helped him neutralize lefty hitters. With that, Burnes seems to be blossoming into a legitimate frontline starter and will look to keep it going next weekend at home against the Cubs.
Burnes (1-0) pitched six scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out 10 in Friday's 9-1 win over the Pirates.
Burnes was excellent in just about all facets of his outing Friday, as the three hits he allowed were all singles. None of his four baserunners got past first base. The 10 strikeouts were also his best mark in seven appearances this year. Burnes now has a 2.78 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 46 strikeouts across 32.1 innings this season. The 25-year-old right lines up to face Cleveland next Friday.
Burnes allowed three runs on five hits and two walks across 5.1 innings in Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Pirates. He struck out seven and did not factor in the decision.
The Pirates jumped on Burnes with a double and run-scoring single in the first and added another run an inning later. He did not allow a run in the next three frames but was replaced by Freddy Peralta with one out and a runner on third in the sixth. Burnes was charged with his third run of the day when Peralta allowed a run-scoring single to Bryan Reynolds. Burnes has struck out 12 while allowing four runs in 10.1 innings in his two starts since returning to the rotation Aug. 18. He'll carry a 3.42 ERA into his next start, which is scheduled to come as a rematch with Pittsburgh on Friday.
Burnes pitched five innings against Minnesota on Tuesday, allowing one run on two hits and three walks while striking out five. He did not factor in the decision.
Burnes started for the first time since July 25 and was mostly effective in the outing, limiting a potent Minnesota offense to one run and five baserunners in five innings. He did struggle some with his control, allowing three walks and throwing only 49 of 83 pitches for strikes. If Burnes get another turn in the rotation, it is expected to come on the road against Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Burnes will return to starting rotation Tuesday against the Twins, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.
Three of Burnes' four appearances this season have come out of the bullpen, though he's gotten at least 10 outs in all four of his outings. The young righty is putting his 2019 struggles firmly in the rearview mirror, posting a 3.38 ERA through his first 16 innings while striking out an impressive 36.4 percent of opposing batters, though his 16.7 percent walk rate is worryingly high.
Burnes allowed one run on one hit and three walks while striking out eight over 5.1 innings out of the bullpen against the Reds on Saturday.
The right-hander was excellent in relief of Brett Anderson, inducing 14 swinging strikes on 77 pitches. It marked his second straight appearance working in tandem with Anderson, who has been limited so far as he works his way back from a finger injury. Burnes may have done enough here to earn a starting assignment next week, though he's showing enough of a strikeout punch to warrant an active spot in many leagues regardless of role.
Burnes didn't factor into the decision while working 3.2 innings out of the bullpen Monday in the Brewers' 6-4 loss to the White Sox. He struck out five and gave up two runs on three hits and two walks.
After starting in his first appearance back on July 25, Burnes was deployed as a "piggyback" pitcher behind Brett Anderson (finger), whose arm wasn't conditioned to handle a normal starter's workload in his season debut. Since Burnes threw 64 pitches in the relief outing, he'll likely be down for the remaining three games of the series before potentially returning to action in a starting role over the weekend during the Brewers' three-game set with Cincinnati. Burnes' relief appearance could pave the way for one of Freddy Peralta or Eric Lauer to make a spot start Thursday or Friday.
Burnes allowed one run on two hits and three walks over 3.1 innings in Saturday's 8-3 win over the Cubs. He had six strikeouts and didn't factor in the decision.
The young right-hander pitched fairly well Saturday, but he struggled a bit with his control as he needed 75 pitches to record 10 outs. Burnes figures to receive a longer leash as he continues to get stretched, but he'll need to bring down the walk total to have a real chance of pitching later into games. The 25-year-old is next scheduled to take the mound Friday versus the Cardinals.
Burnes will start Saturday against the Cubs, Sophia Minnaert of Fox Sports Wisconsin reports.
Brett Anderson (blister) will open the year on the injured list, so Burnes takes his spot in the rotation -- he may have made the rotation regardless, but this expedited that announcement. Burnes had electric stuff last year but really struggled with his command and confidence, eventually seeing a sports psychologist in the offseason. Since reporting to camp in February, his stuff has been perhaps even better, touching the high-90s with his fastball while also showing off a devastating low-90s cutter/slider. He will face Yu Darvish in Chicago on Saturday and will then start at home against St. Louis the following weekend.
Burnes is one of three options to win the Brewers' fifth starter job, Will Sammon of The Athletic reports.
Per Sammon, Burnes will be competing with Eric Lauer and Freddy Peralta during summer camp. Burnes threw a live batting practice session Monday and said there has not been much dialogue about specific roles other than that he will continue to be stretched out. The Brewers could conceivably go with a six-man rotation where it's a tandem start on the sixth day, or they could just be very conservative with how deep they let the non Brandon Woodruff starters go. Burnes was one of 10 Brewers to spend a portion of the shutdown period working out and throwing in Phoenix.
Burnes allowed one earned run over four innings in Monday's spring game against the Mariners. He gave up one hit and posted a 6:1 K:BB in the outing.
Burnes gave up his first run of the spring Monday, but was otherwise dominant like he has been each time out thus far. Over 10 frames this spring he owns a 0.90 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and a 13:3 K:BB. He is still presumably the seventh option on the starting pitcher depth chart for the Brewers, but there is no doubt he is making a push to climb into the No. 5 spot by Opening Day.
Burnes tossed three scoreless innings in Wednesday's spring game against the White Sox. He gave up three hits, hit a batter, and posted a 4:1 K:BB in the contest.
Burnes has taken the mound three times this spring and has shut down opposing hitters, allowing just the three hits and posting a 7:2 K:BB over six frames. He hasn't forced his way into a rotation spot just yet, but he is at least in the conversation. The Brewers are planning to use him as a starter this year, so if he does not earn a spot in the big-league rotation he will head to Triple-A San Antonio. In that scenario, he would be among the top options should the Brewers need to bring up a starter, and perhaps the most preferred one.
Burnes tossed two perfect innings and struck out two batters in Friday's spring game against the Dodgers.
Burnes is off to a strong start this spring, allowing just one runner to reach base over three innings and punching out three batters. His stellar stuff plays up when he throws in small doses, but the Brewers still view him as a starter and are stretching him out this spring. He's currently on the outside looking in for a spot in the rotation, but he's certainly not out of the mix if he keeps finding success as he goes deeper into games over the coming weeks.
Burnes is being stretched out as a starter this spring, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Burnes had a disastrous 2019 campaign and spent most of the season either in the bullpen or in the minors, but it was not long ago he was the Brewers' top pitching prospect and the team wants to give him another shot to work in that role. If Burnes starts all spring, chances are he will open the season in the minors, as six players are currently ahead of him in the running for rotation spots. Given his skills, though, a strong spring will at least give him a chance to break camp starting for the big club.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/24||@ STL||L 2-4||1||3.2||6||3||2||5|
|09/19||vs KC||W 5-0||1||6.0||4||0||0||9|
|09/14||vs STL||L 2-3||4.2||5||1||3||10|
|09/09||@ DET||W 19-0||1||7.0||1||0||0||11|
|09/04||@ CLE||W 7-1||1||6.0||3||0||2||7|
|08/28||vs PIT||W 9-1||1||6.0||3||0||1||10|
|08/23||@ PIT||L 4-5||5.1||5||3||2||7|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2016||AFX-Wisconsin Timber Rat||28.2||9||5||0||3||0||0||31||16||20||2.23||1.277|
|2018||AAA-Colorado Springs Sky||78.2||19||13||0||3||4||0||81||31||83||5.18||1.458|
|2019||AAA-San Antonio Missions||22.1||8||7||0||0||1||0||25||9||29||8.55||1.720|