BRADENTON, Fla. --Right-hander A.J. Burnett continues to make progress back from eye surgery to repair the fractured orbital bone in his right eye while fouling on a bunt attempt at Pirate City.

Burnett threw a 52-pitch bullpen session at McKechnie Field on Wednesday morning with pitching coach Ray Searage looking on. It was the third bullpen Burnett has thrown since he returned to Bradenton.

"A lot better today," Burnett said of how he felt afterwards. "That was another reason why I got an extra bullpen in. I could have went to live BP, but I felt like I wasn’t ready. The eye’s fine. Strength feels good. Just timing and mechanics, things like that. Today was definitely a big step. It was a lot better than the previous two."

"It’s all step by step. I've got a sim game coming up no...

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