Pirates designate Nick Burdi for assignment after second Tommy John surgery, Neverauskas also DFA’d

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated reliever Nick Burdi for assignment following a second surgery to repair his right elbow.

The 27-year-old Burdi made just three appearances for the Pirates in 2020 before heading to the injured list with a strained right forearm. He received an injection the team hoped would fix the issue in August.

He was re-evaluated last month and underwent surgery on Oct. 14. The surgery was the latest setback for the hard-throwing Burdi.

He had Tommy John surgery in 2017 while pitching in the Twins' organization. He missed most of 2019 after being diagnosed with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.

Fellow reliever Dovydas Neverauskas was also DFA’d to get the roster down to 40 players ahead of Sunday’s deadline.

Neverauskas benefited from the expanded 2020 rosters and made it through the whole season in the majors for the first time of his career. Consistency didn’t do him much good, going 0-3 with a 7.11 ERA over 19 innings pitched.

NOTE: Information from DKPittsburghSports.com and The Associated Press was used in this report.