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Burgos hasn't missed a beat since return

PHOENIX -- D-backs reliever Enrique Burgos began to hear the congratulations in the dugout on Monday night before the game was even over.

As the D-backs mounted a four-run rally to overtake the Dodgers in the eighth inning, it became apparent that Burgos, who had just pitched a scoreless inning, would pick up his first career win.

The D-backs held on for the 10-6 win and Burgos' scoreless eighth proved to be vital in keeping the game tied at 6 prior to the final rally.

"It feels awesome," Burgos said. "Every time we win, it's a good feeling, especially the way we came back."

It was Burgos' third appearance since he missed with a month with shoulder tendinitis. All three have been scoreless one-inning outings.

Not only that, but Burgos has immediately re-assumed his role as a reliever the D-backs can go to in the late innings of close games. The hard-throwing right-hander has a 3.78 ERA and has struck out 26 batters in 16 2/3 innings this season.

"We don't have any worry about bringing him in for the eighth inning," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "He has such a good attitude. Even when he got hurt, he was working really hard to get back. To see him get back and have some quality innings in big spots has been huge."

The 24-year-old rookie said the most difficult thing about his first trip to the disabled list was the time it took to recover from the injury.

"I don't have any patience so when you're injured, you have to be patient, it goes day-by-day," Burgos said. "That was really tough for me."

A little over a week into his return, Burgos said he is back to 100 percent and the injury to his shoulder is no longer a concern.

The D-backs haven't had a defined set-up man in their bullpen, which now has nine pitchers. Burgos, Daniel Hudson, David Hernandez, and Andrew Chafin have all pitched in important late-inning situations for the club.

But if it is Burgos who is called on to set up Brad Ziegler, as he was on Monday night, Burgos said he'll be ready.

"They still give me the ball late in the game," Burgos said, "and I'm doing my best to prepare for those situations."

Worth noting

•Catcher Oscar Hernandez (broken hand) should be activated from the disabled list this weekend, Hale said. The D-backs' Rule 5 draft pick is 4-for-15 in five rehab games for Triple-A Reno.

Jake Rill is an associate reporter for
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