Billy Burns is extremely exciting news, it also comes with a loss. It was reported today by John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle that outfielder Craig Gentry, 30, has been put on the disabled list with a broken hand. However, Burns is as fast as they come. He came over to the Athletics organization in the trade that sent lefty-reliever Jerry Blevins to the Washington Nationals and will be the first rookie the A’s have used all season.
Back before the season began I made the Bold Prediction that Billy Burns would make the A’s Opening Day roster. It was a bold statement to make about a kid that was sent down to Double-A Midland on the very last possible day. While top prospect Addison Russell who was traded to the Cubs for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, sat out most of Spring Training with an injury and pretty much the first half of the season with another injury, Burns was doing his thing.
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