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Nick Burdi may not need surgery

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Jeff Passan is reporting that Nick Burdi has a strained biceps tendon and flexor mass.

This sucks, but it’s far from a worse case scenario considering how bad things looked yesterday. Pirates Prospects has a good discussion of the implications, assuming this holds up. Burdi would likely miss much of the season, but wouldn’t need surgery. Meanwhile, Burdi will sensibly get a second opinion.

Hopefully, we’ll see him back this year.

UPDATE: The Pirates have placed Burdi on the ten-day injured list — which probably has nothing to do with his prognosis, since they don’t need a roster spot yet — and have recalled Steven Brault. This makes no sense, since the Pirates need a short reliever and Brault, who essentially hasn’t pitched in three weeks, needs to get stretched out as a starter. But incoherent roster management is nothing new with the Pirates.