A.J. Burnett allowed one earned run on three hits while walking one and striking out 12 in the Phillies 3-2 win against the Nationals on Monday.
It was Burnett's best outing in more than a month, which is significant because AJ cleared waivers earlier month and should he show signs of life, could be moved to a contender for the stretch run. It's been a poor season for the veteran righty, who sports a 4.30 ERA and 1.41 WHIP, his worst numbers since moving to the National League in 2012. He's expecting to retire at the end of the season. ANALYST:
Joakim Soria will throw a bullpen session Thursday.
Soria was acquired last season by the Tigers as an insurance policy for the struggling Joe Nathan but he found himself getting injured just six games after being acquired which forced him to miss more than a month. In 13 games with the Tigers last season Soria went 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA after posting a 2.70 ERA with the Rangers prior to the trade. The Tigers expect Nathan to be their closer heading into the season which will mean Soria will once again be in a set up role. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba