Nick Burdi’s grit and resilience — and a fastball that can touch triple digits — helped the Pittsburgh reliever carve out a spot in the big leagues less than two years after Tommy John surgery on his right arm.
One pitch to Arizona’s Jarrod Dyson on Monday night likely signaled another turn in Burdi’s roller-coaster career during the visiting Diamondbacks’ 12-4 comeback win.
The 26-year-old, a former top prospect in Minnesota who found traction in Pittsburgh, threw a 96 mph fastball to Dyson in the eighth inning, then crumpled before clutching his right arm. Burdi wept as teammates consoled him.
Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said Burdi had pain in his biceps and elbow, but it was too early for a diagnosis.
“It just takes the breath right out of you,” said his manager, Clint Hurdle.
Burdi had struck out 17 over 8 ⅓ innings prior to Monday after making the Pirates out of spring training. Christian Walker touched him for a two-run home run in Arizona’s seven-run seventh inning and Burdi gave up three straight singles to start the eighth before his second pitch to Dyson altered the trajectory of Burdi’s season — if not his career.
Rockies 7, Nationals 5: Nolan Arenado hit a tie-breaking homer for his 1,000th career hit, and host Colorado rallied to beat Washington.
Cardinals 13, Brewers 5: Dexter Fowler had his first four-hit game in six years, hitting his first home run this season and driving in four runs to lead host St. Louis.
Twins 9, Astros 5: Jorge Polanco had four hits, including a two-run homer, and four RBIs to lead visiting Minnesota to a fourth straight win.
Rays 6, Royals 3: Mike Zunino returned from the paternity list and hit his first home run for host Tampa Bay, a two-run shot that helped the Rays stop a season-high four-game skid. Zunino, obtained from Seattle in an offseason trade, missed three games while out for the birth of his son Friday.
White Sox 12, Orioles 2: Jose Abreu homered and drove in five runs, James McCann had a homer and four RBIs as Chicago dropped Baltimore to 1-10 at home.
Mets 5, Phillies 1: Bryce Harper bolted from the bench to confront the plate umpire after being ejected in visiting Philadelphia’s loss to New York. Steven Matz atoned for a dismal start last week in Philadelphia with six fine innings, and Jeff McNeil homered off Jake Arrieta.
Tigers-Red Sox, ppd.: The game in Boston was rained out and rescheduled as a day-night doubleheader Tuesday. The rescheduled game will start at 10:05 a.m. PDT, the original game at 4:05 p.m.
Briefly: Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom remains on track to start Friday night after an MRI exam on his right elbow showed no damage. … Boston right-hander Nathan Eovaldi is scheduled to have surgery to remove loose bodies from his pitching elbow, an operation expected to sideline the pitcher for four-to-six weeks. … St. Louis right-hander Michael Wacha was placed on the 10-day injured list retroactive to Friday because of patellar tendinitis in his left knee. Infielder/outfielder Drew Robinson was recalled from Triple-A Memphis. … Gio Gonzalez was released from his minor-league contract with the Yankees. Gonzalez was 2-1 with a 6.00 ERA in three starts and 15 innings with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Under the terms of his deal, signed in mid-March, he exercised his right Saturday to ask the Yankees to put him on the big-league roster or release him within 48 hours. … White Sox left fielder Eloy Jimenez will miss the three-game series in Baltimore, returning to the Dominican Republic to mourn the death of his grandmother. … The Pirates activated Gregory Polanco off the 10-day injured list after the right fielder completed a lengthy rehab from a dislocated left shoulder in September. … Colorado left-hander Kyle Freeland (blister) went on the 10-day injured list.
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