SEATTLE (AP) – Milwaukee Brewers ace Corbin Burnes exited Monday night’s game against the Seattle Mariners in the sixth inning with a left pectoral strain.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell said he thinks it’s a minor injury and isn’t ruling Burnes out yet for his next scheduled start.
Burnes left in the sixth, but believed the injury occurred in the bottom of the fourth inning, when he tagged out Eugenio Suárez in the bottom of the game.
“I think it’s just overkill. So I’m not really sure what happened,” Burnes said. “I didn’t feel it when it happened at the time.”
Burnes said he felt something in his chest in the fifth inning, but it wasn’t until the sixth that it became noticeable and started to affect his pitches.
He had just recorded the first out of the inning when Julio Rodríguez hit a long ball to center field that was caught by Owen Mitchell. Burnes turned toward the Milwaukee dugout and called out to Counsell and the athletic trainer before he was removed from the game.
The 2021 NL Cy Young Award winner pointed to his chest while talking to the Milwaukee staff.
“When I came back after the sixth heat, I could feel myself starting to get tight and cramping,” Burns said. “The first hitter, (JP) Crawford, I had zero command of anything.”
Burnes pitched 5 1/3 innings and earned the win in Milwaukee’s 7-3 victory. He allowed two runs on three hits with three strikeouts. In his previous start, he threw eight innings against Arizona.
Counsell and Burnes said the plan is to reevaluate the pitcher Tuesday, but they hope he doesn’t have to miss a turn in the rotation.
“There was no talk of withdrawing anything. We’ll come in tomorrow, get treatment and just make sure we’re comfortable,” Burnes said.
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