Burke injured in Reds camp, likely out for two weeks

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Chris Burke; Photo by grovesa16 via Flickr

Yesterday we re-tweeted Cincinnati Enquirer beat writer John Fay’s report that Louisville-native and St. X alum Chris Burke had been injured in Reds camp. Now Fay has more information about the injury and it appears Burke will miss at least two weeks with a broken right ring finger. Burke, who is competing for a utility spot on the Reds bench, injured the finger trying to catch a routine popup.

“I was going to catch it with two hands, like you’ve been taught since you were 5 years old,” Burke told Fay. “I put that hand in there a little too quick. It tipped off the finger. It caught me square.” Reds manager Dusty Baker added, “Very tough break. I was talking to him today about how to stay ready. . . work on your legs, come back in great, great shape. Keep your other arm strong, which is lead arm for hitting…It’s better to get hurt early than in the middle or late. He still could be in our plans. This guy was a good player in Houston.” (Read more)

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Byrd Returns

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Paul Byrd

Louisville, Ky., native and St. Xavier alum Paul Byrd returned to the major leagues Sunday with a six-inning shutout performance for the Boston Red Sox.  Byrd was making his first start of the season after announcing his “temporary retirement” in the off-season.  Bryd hoped to sign with a team following the June draft when that team would no longer risk losing a draft pick because of his Type B free agent status, but no team called until the Red Sox made him an offer in August.

Byrd worked his way back through the minor leagues before receiving his call to Boston to replace an injured Tim Wakefield Sunday.  He responded in a big way, outdueling Cy Young contender Roy Halladay and the Toronto Blue Jays.  Check these links to see what the Boston writers are saying about Byrd’s performance.

  • Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe writes no one could have expected what Byrd gave the Red Sox.
  • John Tomase of the Boston Herald writes that Byrd costs little, wins big.
  • Ian Browne of MLB.com reports that the Red Sox swept the Blue Jays behind “Byrd’s fine outing.”