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Johnson: I need to handle Burnett better

Johnson: I need to handle Burnett better

Johnson: I need to handle Burnett better
WASHINGTON -- Manager Davey Johnson acknowledged that he hasn't done a good job in terms of how he has handled reliever Sean Burnett.

The last time Burnett pitched in a game was April 27 against the Dodgers. Since then, Johnson has had Burnett warm up numerous times during a game without putting him in to pitch.

After Friday's 4-3 victory over the Phillies, according to Johnson, Burnett jokingly put his jersey with seeds on Johnson's desk to tell him that he is still around.

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"I'm usually pretty good about handling my 'pen. I haven't done a very good with him," Johnson said about Burnett. "It seems like for a week, where I wanted him [to come into the game], but we got out of [the inning]. If I warm the guy up and get him hot once, he is available the next day. But I keep warming him up, I give him a day off. I have not handled that situation well."

Burnett has been a valuable lefty this season, allowing no runs in 6 2/3 innings entering Saturday.

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