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Rangers' Brock Burke: Works scoreless seventh
Burke allowed one hit and struck out one over a scoreless seventh inning in Monday's spring game against Cincinnati.
Burke has been mentioned as a possible candidate for saves and part of a closer mix. This was his first Cactus League appearance. Of note, Jose Leclerc, the leading candidate to close, pitched a scoreless fourth inning.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Brock Burke: Variety of roles possible
Burke and the Rangers discussed a return to the rotation earlier in the offseason, and he's now being considered for the closer spot as well, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
While the Rangers seemingly aren't certain how they'll use Burke next season, it's clear they like him quite a bit. It's easy to see why, as he recorded a 1.97 ERA last season in 82.1 innings of relief, backing that number up with a 27.4 percent strikeout rate and 7.3 percent walk rate. He was a starter in the minors and regularly threw multiple innings last season, so it could make sense for the Rangers to stretch him out and have him ready as the top fill-in should any of their starters' long injury histories get even longer. Given his success in relief, however, it could make sense for the Rangers to keep him in the bullpen, where he'll compete with Jose Leclerc, Jonathan Hernandez and potentially others for saves.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Brock Burke: Takes fourth loss
Burke (7-4) took the loss against the Guardians on Saturday, allowing two runs on two hits while issuing two walks and striking out two batters over 2.1 innings.
Burke entered the game in the seventh and struck out Oscar Gonzalez swinging to start the inning before giving up a solo homer to Andres Gimenez on a 2-1 slider. After retiring the next two batters, Burke returned in the eighth and allowed a leadoff walk to Steven Kwan followed by a ground-rule double in the next at-bat to put the Rangers down 3-1. The reliever has still allowed just three earned runs in six September appearances (10.1 innings) with a 12:6 K:BB over that stretch.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Brock Burke: Throws two innings, earns hold
Burke allowed zero runs on one hit and one walk while striking out three over two innings in Monday's 2-1 win over the Athletics.
Burke entered the game with a 2-1 lead in the seventh inning and threw two scoreless innings to secure his seventh hold of the season. The southpaw has taken to his transition to the bullpen this season, as he owns a 1.29 ERA and 0.97 WHIP. A lot can be chalked up to luck as he owns a high 92.5 percent strand rate and low 7.5 percent HR/FB rate, but he has gotten the job done and could be a source of strong ratios the rest of the season in deeper leagues.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Brock Burke: Takes loss in extra frame
Burke (3-1) allowed an unearned run on one walk while striking one over 1.1 innings to pick up his first loss of the season Sunday against Seattle in an extra inning.
Burke first cleaned up the mess made by Matt Bush in the ninth inning to preserve a tie game, but he fell victim to the ghost runner scoring on his own wild pitch in the extra frame. Burke has been very good out of the Rangers' bullpen and is deserving of high-leverage chances, but this one didn't work out. The left-hander sports a 0.96 ERA and 1.04 WHIP with 32 strikeouts and nine walks over 28 innings.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Brock Burke: Shines in relief again
Burke allowed one hit and struck out one over two scoreless innings in Wednesday's 7-2 win over the Angels.
Burke made a sixth consecutive scoreless appearance, during which he's allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out nine over 11.1 innings. Five of those outings and 10 of 13 overall have lasted more than three outs. The left-hander, a former starter, finally appears to be healthy after a 2019 shoulder injury put a hole in his career. Burke hinted that shoulder was better at the end of the 2021 in the minors, when he allowed two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out 14 over his final 13 innings at Triple-A Round Rock.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Brock Burke: Needed on short notice
Burke allowed one hit and one walk while striking out five over 2.2 innings of relief in Monday's 1-0 loss to the Yankees.
Burke got the call after starter Jon Gray exited mid-fifth inning with soreness in his left knee. On short notice, Burke entered with one out and one runner on. He gave up a hit and a walk to the first two batters faced before fanning Aaron Judge and Anthony Rizzo with the bases juiced. The left-hander followed that by getting the next six hitters (retired eight straight overall) and departed with yet another sterling effort out of the bullpen. Burke, a starter in the minors, is thriving as a reliever. He's allowed four runs (three earned) on 14 hits and four walks while striking out 26 over 16.2 relief innings.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Brock Burke: Takes home third win
Burke (3-0) was credited with Tuesday's win, allowing three hits and striking out one over 2.1 scoreless innings in a 6-4 victory over Philadelphia.
Burke followed starter Jon Gray, who was pulled after three innings and 60 pitches in his first start back off the injured list. A starter in the minor leagues, Burke is filling a long-relief role in the majors. Tuesday's effort was the sixth time in eight appearances he's logged at least six outs. The left-hander's struck out 21 compared to just three walks over 14 innings.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Brock Burke: Throws two scoreless
Burke allowed one hit and struck out two over two scoreless innings in Tuesday's 5-1 loss to the Astros.
The Rangers' bats took a holiday Tuesday -- just three hits -- but manager Chris Woodward got strong work from the bullpen. This was the fourth time in six outings that Burke has thrown multiple innings, and the 25-year-old lefty is thriving. He's allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out 16 over 9.2 innings.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Brock Burke: Racking up Ks
Burke allowed one hit and struck out five over two scoreless relief innings in Thursday's 10-5 win over the Angels.
Burke made his second appearance of the season, both coming in blowouts, but he's been effective. The left-hander, who was a starter before the Rangers shifted him to the bullpen in 2022, has allowed two hits, walked one and struck out 10 over four innings with a 0.00 ERA. It's a limited sample and pitching middle innings is not like working in high-leverage spots, but the Rangers are in need of someone to take hold of the closer role so Burke could move into a more prominent position in the bullpen if he keeps getting results.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Brock Burke: Wins roster spot
Burke will break camp on the major-league roster, Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reports.
Burke made six starts in his major-league debut back in 2019, struggling to a 7.42 ERA. He missed all of 2020 due to shoulder surgery and was stuck at Triple-A for all of 2021, where he struck out 28.9 percent of opposing batters but finished with a 5.68 ERA. He appears lined up for a bullpen role for now, but his past experience as a starter makes him an option for spot starts as needed.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Brock Burke: Lands on 7-day IL
Burke was placed on the 7-day minor-league injured list with a blister on his left hand Thursday, retroactive to Sept. 22, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
Burke allowed no hits and a walk while striking out three in four scoreless innings during his last appearance at Triple-A Round Rock, but he apparently developed a blister that will force him to miss his next turn through the rotation. Whether he's cleared to return prior to the end of the regular season remains to be seen.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Brock Burke: Reinstated and sent down
Burke (shoulder) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list and optioned to the Rangers' alternate training site Saturday.
Burke began the season on the injured list while he recovered from shoulder surgery that he underwent in February of 2020. While the left-hander is now healthy, he'll work at the team's alternate training site going forward.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Brock Burke: Opening on injured list
Burke (shoulder) was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday.
Burke is still working his way back from the shoulder surgery he underwent back in February of last year. It's not clear when he's expected to return.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Brock Burke: On delayed timeline
Burke (shoulder) is not expected to be ready to pitch by Opening Day, Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reports.
Burke endured a 12-month recovery timeline coming off shoulder surgery in February of 2020. As such, the left-hander is not expected to pitch off a mound until mid-March, putting his availability for the April 1 season-opener in doubt.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Brock Burke: Placed on 45-day IL
Burke (shoulder) was placed on the 45-day injured list Sunday.
He had already been ruled out for the season after undergoing surgery to repair his left labrum in February. Burke may be able to participate in next year's spring training.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Brock Burke: Facing 12-month recovery
Burke underwent debridement surgery on the labrum in his left shoulder Friday and will be sidelined about 12 months.
Burke was already ruled out for the 2020 campaign earlier this week when the surgery was announced, but he now has an official recovery timeline. The 23-year-old could potentially be ready for Opening Day next year, but there are certainly no guarantees given the expected length of the recovery.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Brock Burke: Set for season-ending surgery
Burke will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder Friday and will miss the entire 2020 season.
Burke has been battling shoulder problems since early in the 2019 season. The issue persisted throughout the offseason, and while he was able to throw off flat ground early in camp, the Rangers weren't happy with how his shoulder was responding to treatment. He was diagnosed with fraying and a partial tear of his labrum and will sit out for all of 2020 as a result.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Brock Burke: Throwing off flat ground
Burke (shoulder) is out to 90 feet in his throwing program, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Burke is not yet throwing off a mound because of inflammation in his left shoulder. As such, he will be behind other starters. The left-hander is expected to start the season at Triple-A Nashville.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Brock Burke: Still dealing with shoulder issues
Burke will be behind to start spring training due to continued shoulder issues, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Burke's shoulder issues date to at least the first half of the 2019 season. The discomfort popped back up in December, eventually requiring an injection. The injection helped get rid of the pain, but he'll nevertheless be behind his teammates to start the year.... See More ... See Less
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