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Burdi Leaves With Trainer In Tears, Pirates Lose to Arizona 12-4

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Pittsburgh Pirates Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pirates got Gregory Polanco back Monday, but may have lost Nick Burdi in a 12-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Burdi was working to keep the Pirates still in the game in the eighth inning when he missed high and away with a 97 MPH fastball. As soon as the pitch was delivered, the rookie slowly fell to the ground, crying in pain, grabbing onto his right bicep.

“It knocks the breath right out of you,” said Clint Hurdle.

The Pirates are describing the injury as right elbow and biceps pain. Burdi walked off the field with a trainer, wiping away tears before heading into the dugout.

Burdi, who missed all but three innings in 2016 due to a bone bruise in his right elbow and almost all of 2017 and 2018 after Tommy John surgery, had been one of the bright spots in the Pirates’ bullpen this season.

“Everyone in here saw how hard he worked the last year and half,” said Joe Musgrove. “How committed he was to his program in spring training and being a professional and making sure he was getting the treatment and the work he needed every day.

“And to see him come out and start the season the way he has, it’s heartbreaking to see him have to go through it.”

The medical staff is still gathering information and there is no diagnosis at the moment.

The Game Itself

The Pirates took a 4-1 lead into the seventh before the Diamondbacks blooped and bled the Kyle Crick to death, with David Peralta delivering the go-ahead blow on a bases loaded triple.

“You’ve got to control what you can control,” Crick said. “I had some tough luck there, but all in all, I need to make some better pitches.”

Christian Walker homered to cap the seven run inning, and Arizona tacked on four more in the eighth.

Musgrove went 6+ with three earned runs on his ledger. He struck out five. Kyle Crick gets the loss in his first decision of the season, allowing four runs on four hits in 0.2 IP. Matt Andriese (3-1) gets the win.

Polanco went 2-4 with a double and a walk in his first game of the season. Colin Moran had a pair of RBI hits.

On Deck

Trevor Williams (1-0, 2.59) will take his turn in the rotation on Tuesday, squaring off against Luke Weaver at 7:05 p.m..


1. Josh Bell is hitting an MLB best .643 with runners in scoring position (9-14).

2. The Pirates have lost more games after leading through six innings this year (4) than they did in 2018 (3).

3. Cole Tucker joins Jack Wilson as the only Pirates ever to record an extra-base hit in each of the first three games of their career. Tucker went 1-3 with a double and an intentional walk. Courtesy of Baseball-Reference’s Play Index.