Burnett Throws Live BP at McKechnie Field

BRADENTON, Fla. — Today was a day that A. J. Burnett referred to as ‘a big step forward’ and ‘very fun’. On Saturday, the right-hander threw his first live batting practice at McKechnie Field. First baseman Garrett Jones and catcher Michael McKenry stood in the cage as Burnett took the mound in Bradenton for the first time this spring. Burnett threw an inning (20 pitches), sat, then went out for another...

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Burnett Feels Good After First Bullpen Since Surgery

BRADENTON, Fla. — Early Saturday morning, right-hander A.J. Burnett threw a 30 pitch side session to the Pirates bullpen catcher Heberto Andrade with pitching coach Ray Searage and Special Assistant to the General Manager Jim Benedict looking on in the bullpens to the right of McKechnie Field. Burnett, who underwent surgery to repair the fractured orbital bone in his right eye while fouling on a bunt attempt at Pirate City, said...

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Burnett Returns to Florida to Begin Next Step

BRADENTON, Fla. — Right-hander A.J. Burnett returned to Florida on Saturday to the Pirates spring training clubhouse at McKechnie Field. There he was greeted by his teammates just eight days after undergoing right eye surgery in Pittsburgh. “We’re happy to have him back,”  Bucs Manager Clint Hurdle said. “Everything is moving as well as we could hope for it to. The guys were very respective when he showed up in...

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Burnett Undergoes Successful Surgery, Out 8-12 Weeks

BRADENTON — Right-hander A.J. Burnett underwent successful surgery this morning to repair the fractured orbital bone in his right eye. In part of a three step process he will undergo, Burnett’s very rough timetable to compete without restrictions at the Major League level is 8-12 weeks. “A.J. will work through the three step return to pitch progression,” said General Manager Neal Huntington.  “The initial step will be to...

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Burnett to Undergo Surgery on Right Eye

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...

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