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Lefty rookie pitcher Brock Burke has been shut down for the season, the team announced

MLB: Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Rangers pitcher Brock Burke will not make his scheduled start on Saturday, the team announced (per Levi Weaver on Twitter), and will be shut down for the rest of the season. Levi says that the team says it is not a health issue.

Burke was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays in the three-way deal this offseason that saw the Rangers send Jurickson Profar to Oakland. He dealt with a blister issue and a shoulder problem that landed him on the injured list for a couple of months earlier this year, and split his season between AA, AAA and the minors, along with making a rehab start for the AZL Rangers and a rehab start for Hickory.

Burke allowed 3 runs in 18 innings in his first three major league starts this year, but has allowed 19 runs in 8.2 innings in his last three starts. It appears they may feel like he’s run out of gas and is best served shutting it down rather than going out there for one more outing.