Right-hander A.J. Burnett will take the mound at Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona for the Double-A Curve on Saturday, baring any setbacks, for his final rehab start before rejoining the Pirates rotation.

Burnett, who threw 81 pitches during his third rehab start on Monday, will shoot for as close to 100 pitches as he can get.

"We’d like to see him go past 80 and as close to 100 as he can which it all being productive and efficient. That would be our goal," Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said.

After his start with the Curve, Burnett will travel back to Pittsburgh where he will rejoin the club during its six game home stand at PNC Park. Already eligible to come off the disabled list, Hurdle said they will evaluate where they plan on sliding him into the rotation.

"He had to hit...

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