Sidelined by lat strain, Yanks' Burton to have MRI

Non-roster invitee in the running for bullpen spot with scoreless spring

Sidelined by lat strain, Yanks' Burton to have MRI

TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees right-hander Jared Burton, who is hoping to win a bullpen spot as a non-roster invitee, has been sidelined by a strained lat and will have an MRI on Thursday.

Burton, 33, pitched in the Majors last season with the Twins, going 3-5 with three saves and a 4.36 ERA in 68 appearances. Burton last appeared in Tuesday's 4-2 Grapefruit League loss to the Blue Jays, hurling a scoreless inning around a hit.

"He said he felt it the other day when he was pitching," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He didn't say anything, but said something today. He's had it before, but he said before it was much worse than he feels now. We'll see what the MRI says."

Burton has pitched four innings over four appearances this spring, allowing no runs and two hits with no walks and two strikeouts. He owns a 3.44 career ERA over 367 big league appearances with the Reds (2007-11) and Twins (2012-14).

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