The Cubs have designated right-hander Alex Burnett for assignment, the club announced via press release. After he was claimed off of waivers five days ago, the right-hander made one scoreless appearance for Chicago. Burnett's designation will make way for fellow righty Blake Parker, who will join the Cubs from Triple-A Iowa and be available to pitch tonight.
Burnett, 25, has bounced around quite a bit early in 2013, but has only logged 2 1/3 big league innings. Over 12 minor league innings this season with the Orioles' and Blue Jays' Triple-A affiliates, he has put up a 1.50 ERA. Burnett did have a productive 2012, making 67 appearances for the Twins and registering a 3.52 ERA in 71 2/3 innings.