by Zane Heiple
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With injuries aplenty and rosters expanding in September, the Pittsburgh Pirates have called up Brian Burres to start today’s game against the Chicago Cubs. Burres is former 31st round pick of the San Francisco Giants in 2000. He came to the Pirates after being granted free agency from the Toronto Blue Jays in October of 2009.
In 2010 he appeared in twenty games for the Buccos and started thirteen of them. During those twenty games, he compiled a 4-5 record, an ERA of 4.99 with 45 K’s and 34 walks. For his career, which also included time with the Baltimore Orioles, he is 17-25 with a 5.83 ERA, 214 strikeouts and 156 walks.
He has spent the 2011 season with the Indianapolis Indians where he has compiled a 5-9 record and a 4.66 ERA. Along with that he has struck out 95 batters, while walking 45. Burress has started in 23 of the 25 games he has appeared in.
One would think that with the recent woes of the ball club, the Pirates should bring up other players to give them an opportunity to gain some Major League experience to show their worth heading into the 2012 season. Be sure to check back to www.fansfromthestands.com for the latest news on our Battlin Buccos.