BRADENTON — Right-hander A.J. Burnett will undergo surgery tomorrow in Pittsburgh, after getting hit in the right eye during a bunting competition yesterday at Pirate City.
Burnett was diagnosed with a right eye orbital fracture today after undergoing additional medical examinations on his right eye in Pittsburgh.
No timetable or additional information was given on Burnett. The club said they will have additional information upon completion of the surgery tomorrow afternoon.
Burnett was originally slated to make his Bucco debut at the Pirates home opener at McKechnie Field on Saturday against his former club, the Toronto Blue Jays.
During the sweet 16 round of the bunting championship on Field 5 at Pirate City on Wednesday, Burnett bunted a foul ball that ricocheted off his face and hit his right eye socket. The ball was delivered by a pitching machine on the field.
Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle was not at the field when the accident occurred on Wednesday. Immediately following getting hit, the Pirates training staff rushed over to Burnett and he was aided for a few minutes before he walked off the field with a towel over his eye for further examinations by the medical staff.
Burnett was acquired from the New York Yankees in February in exchange for two prospects.