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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Burnett to Undergo Surgery on Right Eye

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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.

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James Vargo

Makes me nervous…we are like the Cleveland Browns of baseball. (but I like our chances better)  Enough with the Bonds curse, already!


Good Will Bunting.

F Lang

It could be worse I guess…but it figures.


He probably will be limited to throwing simulated games.  Will still get throwing in while healing takes place.  Also, does not play a collision sport, so the time off will be less.  I would think that he is back in game action in 2 weeks.

Ross Insana

i totally agree with your comment right there. you are spot on. having an eye injury has absolutely nothing to with the primary body parts used in pitching….in burnett’s case his right arm, core, and legs. so he can still definitely pitch when the orbital bone is healing and still get his work in, not like hes going to sit around and do nothing

Ross Insana

theres approximately 5 weeks until Opening Day so everyone should just please calm down and stop worrying about everything! alot of people are comparing James Harrison’s orbital bone fracture and saying he was only out for 4 weeks. for all we know, the fracture could just be so minor enough that they need to do surgery on it and he wont be that long to recover. i highly doubt he misses enough time to be out for TWO MONTHS and miss the entire opening series against the Phillies just from a batting practice bunted ball coming off his eye. that would just be outrageous to be out that long for something like that. and even if he does stay out for 2 months, its not THAT BIG OF A DEAL for what people are already panning it out to be. april 4th is a day off, 5th is season opener, 6th is day off, games on 7th and 8th, day of on 9th before going to LA for game on the 10th. so thats potentially 41 DAYS he could miss and only potentially miss ONE FREAKING START if it all boiled down to that situation

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