3B Sean Burroughs acquired during the off-season for Dewon Brazelton in a trade of former first round busts has been designated for assignment by the Devil Rays. We were downright giddy earlier this season when Brazelbum was sent down to the minors as we were just happy that he was gone. Any contribution from Burroughs would have been bonus. Well, now it looks like there will not be any bonus. The team has 10 days to trade, release or ask for waivers for Burroughs. He began the season with the Rays and batted .190 with no home runs and 1 RBI in 8 games. At Durham, he was not much better, hitting .221 with only 2 extra-base hits in 31 games. Even more telling for a player that is supposed to be a contact hitter was his 23 to 5 strikeout to walk ratio for the Bulls.
The Rays needed to make room for Jon Switzer on the 40-man roster, proving that manager Joe Maddon is not afraid to have a left-hander in the bullpen. Switzer has some major league experience having pitched in 5 games for the Rays in 2003 and 2 games last season. This season Switzer may have turned the corner as he has been dominating for the AAA Durham Bulls. In 31 innings, he has an ERA of 0.87.
Notes: Switzer get call to majors [devilrays.com]