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A.J. Burnett | Starting Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (38) / 1/3/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 227
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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A.J. Burnett (elbow) will throw a three-inning simulated game on Sunday.
Burnett made it through another bullpen session Tuesday without issue and is ready to take the next step in his rehabilitation from a flexor tendon strain. If everything continues to go smoothly, the veteran right-hander could rejoin the Pirates' rotation in early-to-mid September. Aug 25 - 4:40 PM

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A.J. Burnett (elbow) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday.

Burnett has been sidelined since July 30 with a flexor strain in his right elbow. The veteran right-hander received a platelet-rich plasma injection to help with the healing process and recently began throwing off a mound. He's eyeing a return in September. "There’s an intense want-to and I believe he’s also being smart with the guy he needs to be smart with, listening to, on the how-to on the [return-to-pitch] plan," said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. "I think he’s healthy, proves he’s healthy, it could come sooner than later."
Aug 25 - 11:10 AM

A.J. Burnett (elbow) will resume throwing off a mound this week when the Pirates begin a homestand.

Burnett has been playing catch for a few days and is feeling "good," according to manager Clint Hurdle. The veteran right-hander should rejoin the rotation in early September if all goes well. However, it's far from a safe bet that Burnett will be able to successfully pitch through a flexor strain in his right elbow.
Aug 16 - 11:52 AM

A.J. Burnett (elbow) played catch on flat ground again Wednesday.

"It's going well," Burnett said afterward. "Better." The right-hander is progressing slowly from the flexor strain in his right elbow, but he hopes to pitch again this season. If he can't return, Burnett will have pitched his last game in the majors.
Aug 12 - 9:10 PM

A.J. Burnett (elbow) played catch Saturday and Sunday.

Burnett was given a platelet-rich plasma injection early last week for the flexor tendon strain in his right elbow -- an injury that usually takes over a month to heal. "We’re testing out where he is," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said this weekend. "A.J. would like to come back in much less than four weeks, and we want to make sure we put him in a position to be successful."
Aug 10 - 9:34 AM

A.J. Burnett is expected to be sidelined for four weeks after being diagnosed with a right flexor strain.

Burnett has been given a platelet-rich plasma injection in hopes that it will speed along the recovery process. It has to be considered good news overall, as it appears Burnett's ligament is intact. However, he's far from out of the woods yet, and even if he makes it back he's not a great bet to stay healthy. Even Burnett himself admitted that the four-week timetable is "iffy." The righty also confirmed that he's committed to retirement after the season. The Pirates acquired J.A. Happ last week to bolster their rotation.
Aug 3 - 4:27 PM

A.J. Burnett has been diagnosed with a strained flexor tendon in his right arm.

The veteran right-hander was sent for an MRI on Monday after complaining of inflammation in his pitching elbow during his last start July 31 against the Reds. There was some concern about ligament damage, but Monday's MRI showed his UCL is intact. Burnett will undergo treatment instead of surgery and is hoping to return to the Pirates later this year. J.A. Happ has taken over the rotation vacancy in Pittsburgh.
Aug 3 - 2:39 PM

A.J. Burnett (elbow) will undergo an MRI on Monday.

Burnett admitted that he's had elbow pain off and on for a while and during his last start on Thursday it was "a little more than I expected, a little more than I could tolerate." The right-hander will not have surgery and conceded that it's possible he's thrown his last pitch. "I don't expect it to go away and I don't expect it to get better," he said. J.A. Happ has taken Burnett's spot in the Pirates' rotation.
Aug 2 - 11:52 AM

Pirates placed RHP A.J. Burnett on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation.

That could help to explain the Pirates acquiring J.A. Happ from the Mariners before the trade deadline, as the veteran southpaw will slide into the rotation to replace Burnett. It's unclear at the moment how much time Burnett may miss.
Jul 31 - 6:03 PM

A.J. Burnett lasted just 4 1/3 innings and gave up eight runs -- seven earned -- Thursday in a loss to the Reds.

Burnett struggled in his previous two starts, but his velocity was just fine in those, even a little better than usual. Tonight, he just didn't have it, and the Reds were all over him. Maybe the Pirates need to give him a little break in order to prepare him for the stretch run. That's probably up to him, though.
Jul 31 - 12:05 AM

A.J. Burnett struggled for a second straight start in Saturday's loss to the Nationals, allowing five runs on 11 hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Burnett's now surrendered 11 runs in his last 11 2/3 innings. On Saturday, the Nationals slowly bled him to death, scoring a run in the second, two in the fourth and one in each of the next two innings. The veteran right-hander did strike out eight, but that does little to overshadow what was a poor start. Despite the recent rough stretch, Burnett is the current owner of a 2.68 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 110/34 K/BB ratio over 131 1/3 innings. He'll match up with the Reds on the road in his next scheduled start as he tries to keep from sliding further.
Jul 25 - 11:22 PM

A.J. Burnett still managed to get the win despite serving up six runs in six innings against the Royals on Monday.

The six runs mark a season-high for Burnett and marks only the fourth time he's allowed more than three runs in 19 starts this season. The right-hander gave up 11 hits, including two home runs, while walking one and striking out only two. Burnett still has outstanding numbers, carrying a 2.44 ERA with a 1.26 WHIP and a 102/34 K/BB ratio in 125 1/3 innings. He's tabbed to start at home against the Nationals next.
Jul 20 - 11:55 PM

A.J. Burnett scattered six hits and three runs Saturday in 6 1/3 innings against the Cardinals.

Burnett finished with six strikeouts, his most since June 19 at Washington. That gives him an even 100 for the season. He also contributed his fourth career home run, a solo shot off John Lackey in the fifth inning. The first-time All-Star will head to the break with seven wins and a 2.11 ERA.
Jul 12 - 1:13 AM

A.J. Burnett allowed a lone run in 7 2/3 innings of work but was left with a no-decision as the Pirates walked off in the bottom of the ninth 2-1 winners over the Padres.

Burnett scattered five hits and three walks with four strikeouts. The Padres got on the board in the second inning with a sacrifice fly, but otherwise couldn't accomplish much against the right-hander. Burnett, an NL All-Star, has a 1.99 ERA with a 1.21 WHIP and a 94/30 K/BB ratio in 113 innings. He'll polish off his stellar first half with a home start against the Cardinals.
Jul 6 - 10:44 PM

A.J. Burnett pitched seven effective innings, limiting the Tigers to two runs as the Pirates won 9-3 on Wednesday.

The Pirates staked Burnett to a 5-1 lead after the top of the third inning, so he had lots of breathing room. They added three more runs after his final inning. The right-hander allowed seven hits, walked none, and struck out four. If this is indeed Burnett's final season, he's going out in style, carrying a 2.05 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP and a 90/27 K/BB ratio over 105 1/3 innings. He'll let the Padres take their hacks at him in his next start at home.
Jul 1 - 10:42 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Michael Morse
3Corey Hart
2B1Neil Walker
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Jung Ho Kang
3B1Josh Harrison
2Aramis Ramirez
3Sean Rodriguez
LF1Starling Marte
2Travis Ishikawa
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Andrew Lambo
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3A.J. Burnett
4Charlie Morton
5J.A. Happ
6Jeff Locke
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Joakim Soria
3Tony Watson
4Antonio Bastardo
5Jared Hughes
6Arquimedes Caminero
7Rob Scahill
8Joe Blanton
9Deolis Guerra
10Brandon Cumpton