A.J. Burnett threw three innings today at Pirate City.
A.J. Burnett threw in an intrasquad game at Pirate City this afternoon, going three innings against the Pirates' Triple-A lineup. The start was Burnett's first outing in a game situation since going down with a fractured orbital bone earlier in Spring Training.
The right-hander went three innings and threw 54 pitches. He gave up just one hit on the day, a line drive single to Starling Marte.
"Delivery looks sound. He got a little quick in the first inning, but after that he was fine," Pirates' pitching coach Ray Searage said.
The first inning was the roughest of the three for Burnett. He struck out Chase d'Arnaud, then got Jordy Mercer to fly out to right field. Starling Marte came through with the two out single, and was caught stealing at second for the final out of the inning. The call was questionable, with Burnett standing on the mound in disbelief that the inning was over.
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