Burke (shoulder, blisters) was activated off the injured list and has been assigned to Low-A Hickory, James Schmehl of MLB.com reports.
The left-handed Burke was placed on the IL in April when he was pitching for Double-A Frisco. The down time resulted in him dropping back a couple of rungs on the organizational ladder.
Burke (shoulder, blister) made his first rehab start for the Rangers' affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. He allowed two hits and struck out three over four scoreless innings.
The outing was Burke's first time in game action since April 22. Burke opened the season at Double-A Frisco before blisters and shoulder fatigue forced him to miss two months.
Burke was placed on the 7-day injured list at Double-A Frisco on April 23 due to a recurrence of a blister on his left hand in addition to left shoulder fatigue, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Burke's blister first surfaced after his initial start April 4, but he spent less than two weeks on the IL before returning to action. However, it only took two starts for the blister to crop again and result in another shutdown period. Fortunately for the 22-year-old, the Rangers view neither the blister nor the shoulder injury as a long-term concern, suggesting a return to action may be imminent for the 2014 third-round pick.
Burke (finger) was charged with seven runs (five earned) over two innings for Double-A Frisco on Tuesday. He struck out two and issued three walks.
A blister issue put Burke on the injured list after his first start of the 2019 season. He struggled in his return, but Burke has not since been moved back to the IL, nor has there been any suggestion that his pitching schedule may be altered. Burke, a top piece acquired in the Jurickson Profar trade, features a plus fastball and a plus breaking ball, but the lefty's command needs some work.
Burke is heading to the injured list at Double-A Frisco due to a blister, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
The injury is unlikely to keep Burke out for too long or significantly affect his development as long as it's handled carefully. The 22-year-old pitched a scoreless five innings for Frisco on Thursday, his first and only start of the young season.
Burke will start the season opener for Double-A Frisco on Thursday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Burke is a left-handed pitcher Texas acquired from Tampa Bay during the offseason as part of a three-team deal involving Jurikson Profar. He made nine starts at the Double-A level in the Rays organization. The 22-year-old will lead the next wave of prospect pitchers currently assigned to the Rough Riders. After Burke on Thursday, right-hander Jonathan Hernandez will throw Friday and lefty Joe Palumbo goes Sunday.
Burke was optioned to Double-A Frisco on Tuesday.
Burke spent 2018 at the High-A and Double-A levels of the Rays organization before coming over as part of the three-team Jurickson Profar trade in December. He'll return to the Double-A level, but if he can come anywhere close to the 1.95 ERA he posted in nine starts for Montgomery last season, he should earn a promotion soon.
Burke was traded to the Rangers as part of a three-team trade that also includes the A's, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports.
It is a very large trade in terms of players and additional assets, with Jurickson Profar heading to Oakland as the headliner. Burke was a pop-up prospect last season, logging a 1.95 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 25.8 K-BB percentage in nine starts at Double-A. A big 6-foot-4, 200-pound lefty, he has a plus fastball and plus curveball but will need to improve his changeup in order to stick as a starter. He is on the 40-man roster and could reach the big leagues in the second half of 2019.
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
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|2017||AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab||5||6||4.64||13||13||0||0||0||66.0||75||43||34||6||5||16||49|