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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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Since: Oct 2, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2012 11:41 am

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

You're so right. We don't need to see a video too. This dude has BAD luck. I thought mine was bad.

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 11:31 am

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

I can't believe they have this on video. Burnett just has a black cloud looming over him. First, the bunt happens in front of EVERYONE on the team, so that in of itself is embarrassing, especially for a guy trying to make a first impression. Now the video gets posted so we all can critique.

Overall its poor technique, the bat head was too level during the bunt which is a no-no, you will get more pop-ups that way instead of the ball dying into the infield dirt. You need to keep the bat head more at a 45 degree angle. Regardless 999,999 times out of 1,000,000, its just a poor bunt, who cares, its spring training and its all a tune-up anyway to get rid of these bad habits. Not to ole AJ though.

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