Burnett, Nieves still ailing

Catcher Wil Nieves was hoping to start on his 31st birthday against the Braves on Friday, but he will continue to be sidelined because of minor left hamstring tightness.

Nieves is looking to play against the Braves by Sunday. Nieves hurt the hamstring last Thursday against the Phillies.

Nieves came to the plate in the top of the third inning and hit a comebacker to left-hander  Cole Hamels, who threw Nieves out at first base. As he got close to the bag, Nieves started limping. Getting back to the dugout was difficult for Nieves. It took about 30 seconds before he hit the dugout steps.

Did you ever wonder why Sean Burnett hasn’t pitched much of late? He still has the left thumb contusion suffered last month against the Brewers.

Burnett hurt the thumb in the seventh inning on Aug. 23 trying to field a groundball hit by Milwaukee’s Felipe Lopez.

Burnett, who never went on the DL because of the injury, believes rest will make it better.

“It’s a lingering problem and  it hasn’t gotten any better since I got hit ,” Burnett said. “It wasn’t that hard of a hit ball. It’s just something that didn’t get any better. At times it has gotten worse. It just hasn’t come along like I thought it would, but I’ve been going out there as much as possible.”

Burnett is planning to see several doctors in the next couple of days.

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