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Pirates' A.J. Burnett out 8-12 weeks

Posted on: March 2, 2012 11:09 am
Edited on: March 2, 2012 1:59 pm
 
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett will miss 8-12 weeks after suffering a broken orbital bone near his right eye, the team announced on Friday.

Burnett had surgery on Friday morning in Pittsburgh.

"A.J. will work through the three-step return to pitch progression," general manager Neal Huntington told reporters, including the Associated Press. "The initial step will be to heal from the surgery. Secondly, we will recondition his arm and body to where he was prior to the injury. Lastly, we will put A.J. through the same progression as he would have gone through here in spring training. The very rough timetable to complete this process and have A.J. prepared to compete without restrictions at the Major League level is 8-12 weeks."

Burnett will re-join the team before the end of spring training, but he won't break camp with the team.

With Burnett out, another new Pirate, Erik Bedard, seems ready to take over Burnett's spot as Pittsburgh's opening-day starter.

Burnett suffered the injury on Wednesday when he was working on bunting and he fouled off a ball that hit him in the face.



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Comments

Since: Sep 17, 2010
Posted on: March 3, 2012 10:32 am
 

Pirates' A.J. Burnett out 8-12 weeks

Just slap an eyepatch on AJ.. He will make for some great 7th inning entertainment. Ahoy Matey.. or whatever the dopey pirates say.. enjoy AJ while u can. He will be burning 90 mph fastballs right down the pike and littering the Allegheny river soon enough.



Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2012 6:36 am
 

Pirates' A.J. Burnett out 8-12 weeks

"For years I have said over and over again that we MUST be rid of the DH rule."

Actually, if we just forced the DH on both leagues, those poor defenseless pitchers would be fine.  All sorts of recent injuries (going back to NYY Wang) would have never happened.  In the dear olde dead days, pitchers hardly used ball movement and could pitch forever, and bat just fine.  Nowdays nearly everything moves, or it moves over the fence.  The game has become more dangerous to the batter, any batter.




Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 8:33 pm
 

Pirates' A.J. Burnett out 8-12 weeks

The Pirates just became a better team for the first oh I dont know 8-12 weeks or so.



Since: Feb 28, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2012 8:26 pm
 

Pirates' A.J. Burnett out 8-12 weeks

Since DH's are generally older players who no longer play in the field, those jobs are generally higher-paying jobs. If the DH were dropped in favor of a 25th man on the roster, he would probably be making the minimum. That's what they mean by jobs gone.



Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 5:36 pm
 

Pirates' A.J. Burnett out 8-12 weeks

Let me crack you in the eye and break your eye socket

Lets see how fast you get back to work at McDonalds mopping the bathroom floors



Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 3:43 pm
 

Pirates' A.J. Burnett out 8-12 weeks

Why not try a visor and wear a batting helmet on the mound? There is absolutely nothing wrong with his arm or any part of his body that would prevent him from pitching much sooner than 12 weeks. i can understand the first month or so but 12 weeks is insane..



Since: Jul 13, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 2:55 pm
 

Pirates' A.J. Burnett out 8-12 weeks

Nothing better than watching pitchers strike out at the plate during a 3.5 hour snooze fest. I just go to games for the $6 hot dog, the $11 beer, and the shiny clean bathrooms:)



Since: Mar 2, 2012
Posted on: March 2, 2012 2:46 pm
 

Pirates' A.J. Burnett out 8-12 weeks

How would it be 14 jobs gone?  Wouldn't they put another player on the roster in place of the lost DH?



Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2012 12:32 pm
 

Pirates' A.J. Burnett out 8-12 weeks

I'd like to lose the DH to, but the players union will never ket it happen. That would be 14 full time jobs gone. It's here to stay.



Since: Aug 11, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 12:02 pm
 

Pirates' A.J. Burnett out 8-12 weeks

For years I have said over and over again that we MUST be rid of the DH rule.  Pitchers who fail to take batting practice on a year round basis are utterly helpless when they must face a 90+ MPH fast ball in post season play.  This is what leads to such debilitating injuries. 

Look, we all love baseball.  It is a great sport that we rightfully cherish.  But, like it or not, it is highly dangerous!  Why make it any more hazardous than it already is? Get rid of that ridiculous idea of a DH.  Baseball has more than enough offense unlike the late 60s/early 70s.  Therefore, we do not need an overweight, over the hill DH to fill in the batting spot.  Let the pitchers decide the game on their own.  Let them bat for themselves and they will have all the tools necessary to avoid these types of needless injuries.


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