Burnett joins depleted Orioles bullpen

Burnett joins depleted Orioles bullpen
April 22, 2013, 7:30 pm


BALTIMORE – Ten days ago, Alex Burnett was suddenly acquired by the Orioles on waivers. The 25-year-old right-hander, who appeared in 174 games with Minnesota the past three years, was dropped by the Twins in late March and picked up by Toronto.

The Blue Jays let him go, and on Apr. 12, he was sent to Norfolk after the Orioles got him.

 “I had a terrible spring. I didn’t deserve to be up in the big leagues with the Twins. I didn’t know they were going to designate me and get rid of me because I’d be with them for a while and I’d been their guy and threw a lot of innings for them,” Burnett said.

He was 1-0 in three scoreless appearances with the Tides, but the recall was unexpected.

“I wasn’t ready for it because everybody up here was doing pretty well,” Burnett said.

Burnett replaces Jake Arrieta on the roster, but may only be here until Wednesday when the Orioles need another starter.

“People like the way I pitch and have faith in me. It just reassures me I can still pitch at this level,” Burnett said.

With the Orioles playing a doubleheader on Saturday, their bullpen was used early and often. Burnett will come in handy to manager Buck Showalter.

“He’s had three days off after throwing two innings so he can give us some length. In the American league east, length is two innings. He’s capable of pitching that much, whether Toronto lets him pitch that much, we’ll see,” Showalter said.