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Burnett ready to give Cubs some relief

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs bullpen has been a sore spot for most of the 2013 season.

With the loss of Kyuji Fujikawa for what could be months, if not the whole season, the Cubs are hoping right-hander Alex Burnett can help.

Manager Dale Sveum will use the veteran in middle relief for now as he assimilates to his new club and new teammates.

“We haven’t had any role talk,” said Burnett, who was claimed off waivers from Baltimore on Monday. “I will just be down there at their disposal and be ready to go whenever they need me.”

Burnett has made 176 major league appearances spanning parts of four seasons. The Cubs are his fourth team since the end of spring training.

“Being a relief pitcher a lot of strange moves happen (to you),” Burnett said. “Everybody needs relief pitching and it changes every day.”