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Burnett has broken orbital bone, needs surgery

Posted on: March 1, 2012 12:35 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2012 3:37 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Embattled starting pitcher A.J. Burnett is off to an unfortunate and quite dubious beginning in his Pirates career. Wednesday in Bradenton, Fla., Burnett was working on bunting and accidentally fouled a ball off of his right eye. He flew back to Pittsburgh to have it examined and the news is not good. The Pirates have announced that Burnett needs surgery Friday in Pittsburgh to repair an orbital fracture.

And there's a YouTube of the errant bunt attempt. Here it is:



It's no laughing matter, but when the injury first occurred, Burnett reportedly said, jokingly, "where did the bone go?" (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

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There's no word yet on recovery time for the 35-year-old right-hander, but I asked SI.com injury guru Will Carroll on Twitter and he said it would be a "couple weeks. Just have to get it stable." So, assuming everything goes well, Burnett should be alright for the start of the regular season.

Fortunately for the Pirates, they have starting pitching depth. Even without Burnett, the Pirates have five starters, in Erik Bedard, Jeff Karstens, James McDonald, Charlie Morton and Kevin Correia. Unfortunately for the Pirates, Morton is recovering from hip surgery and may not be ready for the beginning of the season. If both Burnett and Morton are down -- which is the worst-case scenario -- it looks like Brad Lincoln would get the nod.

Burnett was run out of New York after posting a 5.15 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and an AL-leading 25 wild pitches last season for the Yankees. Still, he has plenty of talent, with the ability to post a high strikeout rate (8.2 per nine innings throughout his career). He was also a valuable member of the 2009 World Series champion Yankees rotation. The move to the NL Central should benefit Burnett as well, whenever he's ready to take the mound.

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Comments

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:30 pm
 

Burnett has broken orbital bone, needs surgery

He's overpaid, over-rated and should retire and play golf. Though, he'd probably suck at that too. Maybe this shot in the face will wake him up and give him some common sense. Don't know what the Pirates were thinking, but he bats as well as he pitches.




Hey moron. The funny thing is that you couldnt do either of those things half as well as Burnett and thats on his bad days. Dont get me wrong, I am not a AJ fan but I get a kick out of tools like you who rag on guys that you are not even close to being athletic as. I am guessing he would smoke you at golf as well.




Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2012 9:18 pm
 

Burnett has broken orbital bone, needs surgery

I don't know why but I just knew something like this was going to happen.  Poor Pittsburgh can't seem to catch a break.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 9:02 pm
 

Burnett has broken orbital bone, needs surgery

Nothing against Burnett, but lets get that DH in both leagues, much better games, more scoring, no pitching around or walking the #8 batter to face a weak hitting pitcher, its not traditional, but either is the 3 point field goal in hoops, or the 2 pt conversion in football
I don't think the NL will ever have the DH, I get tired of watching some Pitcher trying to hit the ball. It look like it take a miracle for some Pitchers just for them to make contact with the ball, 75 % of the time a Pitcher is a easy out.

In my opinion I have a feeling that DH would be removed from MLB in a few years, I could be wrong and I hope I am. I like the DH for it allow a team to keep a weak fielder in the lineup, a team like the Cubs has no choice but to keep Soriano in the lineup don't matter how bad he play on defense.





Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 8:55 pm
 

Burnett has broken orbital bone, needs surgery

Can we finally get the DH in the NL? 
Why, so they can pay another fat, lazy out of shape has-been a few million a year to so nothing but swing a bat?? It's baseball, play a position for crying out loud.



Since: Mar 1, 2012
Posted on: March 1, 2012 8:37 pm
 

Burnett has broken orbital bone, needs surgery

Can we finally get the DH in the NL? 



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 7:59 pm
 

Burnett has broken orbital bone, needs surgery

Bone head Burnett...that`s the AJ fans Yankee fans are glad is gone. At least AJ will have time to focus on arm art & counting his $. Poor Pirates...next to the DL will be Bedard mark it down.  Yes it`s a freak injury, but you know AJ wan`t no part of taking BP.



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 6:17 pm
 

Burnett has broken orbital bone, needs surgery

I figured an infected tattoo would be the culprit or maybe an oblique injury sustained in a fall off the end of the bench, but no, Burnetts' out due to a broken orbital bone on a bunt attempt.  Maybe this is a good sign for the Bucs.  He was keeping his eye on the ball and the only way to knock him out of a game is to literally knock him out or break a bone.  Then again, this might be a sign of things to come from Burnett.



Since: May 26, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2012 5:31 pm
 

Burnett has broken orbital bone, needs surgery

Wow, stay classy secondsout!



Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: March 1, 2012 5:28 pm
 

Burnett has broken orbital bone, needs surgery

LMAO ...he has to get his face fixed!!!



Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2012 5:20 pm
 

Burnett has broken orbital bone, needs surgery

He's overpaid, over-rated and should retire and play golf. Though, he'd probably suck at that too. Maybe this shot in the face will wake him up and give him some common sense. Don't know what the Pirates were thinking, but he bats as well as he pitches.


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