Pirates Activate A.J. Burnett; Option Ryan Reid to Indianapolis

A.J. Burnett

A.J. Burnett has been activated for today’s start.. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated right-handed pitcher A.J. Burnett from the disabled list and have optioned Ryan Reid to make room. Burnett will make the start today in Chicago after missing the last month with a leg injury.

It’s good for the Pirates to have Burnett back in the rotation, as it adds some depth. Jeanmar Gomez has already been bumped from the rotation to the bullpen. I’m sure this will begin the questions of whether Gomez should be in the rotation still and someone else should be removed (Charlie Morton). In fact, I’ve already gotten several of those comments in reaction to yesterday’s outing from Morton.

Morton hasn’t been that bad, so this puts the Pirates in another situation of having to decide between two starting pitchers who are putting up numbers deserving of the rotation. The Morton/Gomez debate is for another time, but I think anyone would agree that having Burnett over either of them is a boost for the rotation.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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