Rays Sign Right-Handed Pitcher

The Tampa Bay Rays have signed pitcher Ryan Burr to a minor league contract. 

Burr was released by the Chicago White Sox back in June after suffering a ''significant tear in his labrum in his throwing shoulder.'' 

That happened on June 5th. On June 12th, after a week of consulting with medical experts, Burr decided to undergo surgery to fix the issue. On June 13th, before he even had the surgery, the White Sox released Burr. 

Burr wrote an emotional message on his Instagram documenting the entire process, saying he felt ''devastated, embarrassed and heartbroken.'' He added, ''Facing a surgery to fix your shoulder is one thing, but to do it without the support of the team whom you hurt your arm pitching for cut very deep. Literally.''

Burr underwent the surgery on June 17th and is expected to make a full recovery. 

Now, the Tampa Bay Rays are giving him a shot. 

The twenty-eight-year-old had an ugly season, posting a 6.00 ERA over nine innings, but that may have had to do with his injury.

Last season, Burr was very good, throwing a strong 2.45 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 33 strikeouts over 36 innings. 

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Burr acknowledged that he's had a rough season, saying ''I know it wasn't always pretty, and I didn't always get the job done, but I loved every second of it.''

He's not done now, however. On the contrary, Ryan Burr is fired up, and ready to show the White Sox that they made a mistake in letting him go.

''With all that said, I am not done. Not even f****** close. The fire is burning hotter than ever before.''

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