Minor-league right-hander Hiram Burgos, who made six starts for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2013, has undergone shoulder surgery and could be out for the remainder of the 2014 season, according to a report.
Burgos also had shoulder trouble in 2013 and was shut down after July 7 last season. After making four starts this year for Triple-A Nashville, Burgos said he felt discomfort again.
“I don’t think there’s anything major, they just want to go in and make sure,” Roenicke said. “He was going, but it just didn’t seem right to him.”
Burgos started six games for Milwaukee in April-May 2013, getting recalled when Mike Fiers was sent down, earning his first major league win after allowing a run on five hits in five innings against the Chicago Cubs on April 20, 2013.
He turned in two more quality starts, taking no-decisions against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates while allowing five runs on eight hits in 13 innings over those two performances.
The wheels came off in a May 11, 2013, start—on 10 days’ rest—at Cincinnati, when he was pummeled for 12 runs—10 earned—on 11 hits in just three innings in a 13-7 loss to the Reds.
He also lost his next start at Pittsburgh on May 16, allowing three runs on eight hits in five innings and was placed on the disabled list with what was called a right shoulder impingement after working just 3.1 innings in a start against the Dodgers on May 21.
He was 1-2 with a 6.44 ERA and 1.670 WHIP in 29.1 innings, striking out 18 and allowing five home runs.
Burgos was 1-4 with a 3.82 ERA and 1.207 WHIP in seven starts and 30.2 innings at Nashville in 2013, striking out 24 and surrendering six homers. He also made one rehab start each at Low-A Wisconsin and High-A Brevard County.
This season, Burgos was 1-3 with a 6.50 ERA and 1.778 WHIP in four starts and 18 innings for the Sounds, striking out 20 with two homers allowed. He has not pitched since working four innings in a loss at Omaha on April 22.
A native of Puerto Rico, Burgos was taken in the sixth round of the 2009 first-year player draft out of Bethune-Cookman College in Florida.
The 5-foot-11 right-hander popped onto the radar screen after posting a 1.95 ERA in 171 innings across three levels (High-A, Double-A and Triple-A) in 2012 and also pitched well for Puerto Rico in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, posting a 0.69 ERA and 1.231 WHIP in 13 innings over three relief appearances, striking out 12.