06/13/07 3:00 AM ET
Burnett injured as Jays fall to Giants
Shoulder strain sends right-hander to clubhouse in fifth
By Jordan Bastian / MLB.com
"Why wouldn't it happen to another guy?" said Toronto second baseman Aaron Hill, shaking his head at his team's misfortune. "Hopefully, everything's going to be fine. Maybe he'll just need some rest. Maybe he's a little fatigued. That's what we're praying for. We don't need another guy going down."Gibbons said that the Blue Jays will be bringing another pitcher up in order to give an additional arm to the bullpen -- a group that recently lost Josh Towers when the Jays moved him back into the rotation. Toronto's manager would not say who the pitcher might be, but added that the club would try to have someone in San Francisco on Wednesday. Losing Burnett overshadowed another dismal showing by Toronto's offense. Since churning out 11 runs on 16 hits in a win over the Dodgers on Sunday, the Jays have hit .210 with only five runs in two losses to the Giants. The one-run loss marked an American League-high 25th one-run contest of the year for Toronto. On Tuesday, the only spark came from Alex Rios, who belted a 1-1 pitch from left-hander Noah Lowry in the third inning for a two-run home run -- the right fielder's team-leading 15th blast of the season. Lowry (6-5) picked up the win after turning in six strong innings for the Giants. Hill had a potential game-tying homer robbed by Giants left fielder Randy Winn in the ninth inning. With one out, Toronto's second baseman sent a pitch to the wall, where Winn leaped and snared the ball. "We're not scoring runs," Gibbons said. "We've been in every game -- it was another one-run game. We had the laugher on Sunday, but we've been battling. We've just been coming up one run short." His injury issue aside, Burnett said he was disappointed he couldn't protect the early lead that Rios provided. With Toronto ahead, 2-1, the right-hander allowed a pair of runs on the third -- highlighted by a RBI single by Klesko. It was Klesko's at-bat in the fifth inning that proved to be more damaging. "He kind of winced. That's when it caught our attention," said Gibbons, referring to when Burnett doubled over after striking out Klesko. Still, Burnett remained in the game to face San Francisco slugger Barry Bonds, who ripped the third pitch he saw down the right-field line for a single. With that, Burnett's night ended with a slow trek to the trainer's table. "Obviously, it was enough to bring me out of the game," Burnett said. "I'm more worried about the fact that we didn't come out on top today. That's the main thing. We'll worry about me tomorrow."
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.