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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: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 4:57 pm
 

Burnett has broken orbital bone, needs surgery

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 . Still, he has plenty of talent, with the ability to post a high strikeout rate (8.2 per nine innings throughout his career

I'm sorry, but this is contradictory. Because he can still strike out batters certainly doesn't mean he has talent. The fact of the matter is that Burnett never lasts nine. If he strikes out 3 in 3 innings of work then he's going to have the kind of strikeout rate your remarking. The fact that in those 3 innings he has given up a number of hits and runs and has his team behind is the telling story. Commenting on his strikeout rate over his career is also misleading given that he had some great strikeout numbers earlier in his career. Major league baseball should always be about "what have you done for me lately?". I honestly do not believe Burnett can help the Bucs. As a Jays fan, I am sorry the Yanks were able to unload him. The fact that he's an ex-Jay allows me to at least wish him well on his new team and a speedy recovery.



Since: Nov 21, 2010
Posted on: March 1, 2012 4:56 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



Since: May 20, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 4:13 pm
 

Burnett has broken orbital bone, needs surgery

Truth is, this is probably good news for the Bucs. They still have to pay them but now he won't suck.



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 4:06 pm
 

Burnett has broken orbital bone, needs surgery

I blame Jerry Meals.



Since: May 20, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 4:06 pm
 

Burnett has broken orbital bone, needs surgery

>screaming about the lack of "ironman football" these days.

Watch indoor.

Bring in goal posts, cheerleaders, do the wave, have 8 DHs and 8 position players.
Baseball is not football and never will be.
Only fat people DH.



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:57 pm
 

Burnett has broken orbital bone, needs surgery

What would the D.H. be in its respective sports? That's the question. I'll start you off: a footballer who is only intended to do corner kicks (or if you'd like, penalty kicks). Please add your own comparisons.
Actually, the entire NFL has players who play only offense or defense. That's what the DH/Pitchers do. Amazingly, since the NFL can do no wrong, I rarely see people kicking and screaming about the lack of "ironman football" these days.

- Matt



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:51 pm
 

Burnett has broken orbital bone, needs surgery

You get your medical information from someone on Twitter? 
He's a very respected injury analyst and has been for a decade. If you don't want to believe him, that's fine. It's your choice.

- Matt



Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:34 pm
 

Burnett has broken orbital bone, needs surgery

I'm a Bluejay fan, but I have to admit, I HATE THE D.H.! I've heard what I believe is every argument. But, what stands out is that the pitcher is a defensive part of the infield, and as such, should play every aspect of such a position, not excluding batting!!

What would the D.H. be in its respective sports? That's the question. I'll start you off: a footballer who is only intended to do corner kicks (or if you'd like, penalty kicks). Please add your own comparisons.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:24 pm
 

Burnett has broken orbital bone, needs surgery

You get your medical information from someone on Twitter? 



Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: March 1, 2012 12:56 pm
 

Burnett has broken orbital bone, needs surgery

see what happens when u give a pitcher a bat??????     hope he recovers soon.


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