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Brewers put Corbin Burnes on Injured List, call up Burch Smith

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The bullpen will get a fresh arm and Burnes will get some time off ahead of a new series against Atlanta

San Francisco Giants v Milwaukee Brewers Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Corbin Burnes is being removed from the Brewers’ pitching shuffle again this year, this time apparently due to injury.

After his most recent rough outing, giving up 4 runs on 4 hits without recording an out against the Giants, the Brewers announced Monday that Burnes has some sort of shoulder irritation and will be put on the Injured List. In his place, Burch Smith will return to the big league club.

An IL stint seems convenient if the Brewers were looking to give Burnes some time off, but the Fake Injury theory isn’t one that makes much sense. The Brewers have already used one of Burnes’ options this year, so they could have just sent him down to Triple-A if they wanted to simply get him out of the bullpen for 10 days. At this point it’s clear there are things Burnes needs to work on, so just having him sit on the IL instead of actually pitching does no one any favors — especially considering what Craig Counsell had to say after Sunday’s game:

Smith was scratched from his scheduled start last night in San Antonio, so he should be a fresh arm out of the bullpen Monday night for the Brewers.