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Called up to replace Bradley, Burgos makes his debut

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PHOENIX -- Enrique Burgos was sound asleep in his apartment in Mobile, Ala., when Double-A manager Robby Hammock began pounding on his door.

"I thought somebody was breaking into my apartment," Burgos said. "It was 12 at night."

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PHOENIX -- Enrique Burgos was sound asleep in his apartment in Mobile, Ala., when Double-A manager Robby Hammock began pounding on his door.

"I thought somebody was breaking into my apartment," Burgos said. "It was 12 at night."

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It wasn't a break-in, but it was a big break for the 24-year-old right-hander.

"He came into my room, and he was like, 'Hey, you can't have a messy room when you go to the big leagues,'" Burgos said. "I thought he was joking."

It was no joke. Burgos was recalled before Wednesday's game, and he made his debut by retiring all three hitters he faced in the ninth inning of a 9-1 win over the Rockies.

Burgos took the place of right-hander Archie Bradley, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list after being struck in the face by a line drive Tuesday night.

Video: COL@ARI: Bradley exits after getting hit with liner

This is the first call to the big leagues for Burgos after he spent seven-plus years in the Minors. He was initially signed as a non-drafted free agent by the D-backs on July 19, 2007.

Control has been an issue for the hard-throwing Burgos, but last season he made a big step forward, walking 26 and striking out 83 in 54 2/3 innings. The year before that, he issued 49 walks in 46 1/3 innings.

This spring Burgos almost made the Opening Day roster, but the D-backs decided to go with Andrew Chafin instead, because he offered them a long relief option.

"I feel like I'm dreaming right now," Burgos said. "It's unbelievable, you know? Especially after struggling a couple years in the Minor Leagues, to finally get here is amazing. It's an amazing feeling."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

 

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