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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:
Jed Lowrie left Monday's game with a thumb injury. He's going back to Houston Tuesday for an MRI.
In all likelihood Jonathan Villar or Marwin Gonzalez will fill in for Lowrie if he misses extended time, but there's an outside chance the first-place Astros call up uber-prospect Carlos Correa for his first major league taste. Correa is murdering the Texas League (Double-A) to the tune of .375/.429/.719 with four home runs and two stolen bases. He's worth a speculative add in competitive leagues until the situation becomes more clear. Astros GM Jeff Luhnow has hinted that he wouldn't be scared to "lift" Correa straight from Double-A at some point. Analysis: Spencer Silva