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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
College: None
Contract: view contract details

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A.J. Burnett was a bit wild in Saturday's loss to the Reds, allowing three runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings.
While Burnett struck out nine, he also walked four in an outing that represented both Good A.J. Burnett and Bad A.J. Burnett. Two of the three runs on his line scored in the first inning, while the third wouldn't come home until the seventh. The veteran right-hander finishes out the 2015 regular season campaign holding a 3.18 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 143/49 K/BB ratio across 164 innings. In three of his four seasons with the Pirates, he's kept his ERA under 4.00. Oct 3 - 10:17 PM

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A.J. Burnett pitched well in a losing effort against the Cubs on Sunday night, allowing two runs on seven hits over six innings of work.

The veteran right-hander struck out five and walked two on the night. He surrendered an RBI single to Kris Bryant in the first inning and a solo homer to opposing hurler Jake Arrieta in the second, but that was the extent of the damage against him. The 38-year-old is having another terrific season, compiling a 3.15 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 134/45 K/BB ratio over 157 1/3 innings. He'll make what could be the last regular season start of his career on Saturday against the Reds.
Sep 27 - 11:02 PM

A.J. Burnett earned the win on Monday against the Rockies, allowing three runs (two earned) in 5 2/3 innings.

All three runs came in the fifth inning on Tom Murphy's three-run home run. Burnett gave up six hits and walked four overall while striking out five. It's his first win since returning from the disabled list on September 10. On the season, the right-hander has a 3.15 ERA with a 1.35 WHIP and a 129/43 K/BB ratio over 151 1/3 innings. Burnett is slated for a start versus the Cubs at Wrigley Field next.
Sep 22 - 12:10 AM

A.J. Burnett pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed two runs to the Cubs Wednesday in his second start back from the disabled list.

Burnett struck out seven. He threw 83 pitches tonight after coming in at 64 his first time out. Fortunately for the Pirates, he seems to be rounding into form quickly.
Sep 16 - 11:43 PM

A.J. Burnett allowed three runs and three hits over five innings Thursday against the Brewers in his return from the disabled list.

All three runs came in the first, and Burnett faced just one batter over the minimum the rest of the way. Still, the Pirates took him out after 64 pitches. They'll use these next few weeks to build him up in the hopes that he'll be able to contribute in an NLDS and beyond.
Sep 11 - 12:08 AM

Pirates activated RHP A.J. Burnett from the 15-day disabled list.

Burnett is returning to the Pirates' starting rotation on Thursday night against the Brewers after missing close to six weeks with inflammation in his right elbow. The veteran starter owns a cool 3.06 ERA and 114/36 K/BB ratio in 135 1/3 innings this season with the Bucs. He's been especially dominant at PNC Park, where his start is Thursday.
Sep 10 - 3:28 PM

A.J. Burnett (elbow) will return to the Pirates' starting rotation Thursday against the Brewers.

Burnett wound up missing over five weeks with inflammation in his throwing elbow. The veteran right-hander has a 2.61 ERA in 45 career starts at PNC Park and that's where he will be gracing the mound in his return to action Thursday night against the 61-78 Brew Crew. Burnett is safe for immediate activation in all standard leagues.
Sep 10 - 9:39 AM

A.J. Burnett (elbow) threw a successful bullpen session on Sunday, which may have been the last hurdle before his return to the Pirates rotation.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle indicated that he still needed to inform the team on the next step for Burnett, which seems to point to his return to the rotation this week. Pitching on regular rest after his simulated game on Friday, would mean he would return to the rotation on Wednesday against the Reds in Cincinnati.
Sep 6 - 6:55 PM

A.J. Burnett said Friday that he felt great after throwing a simulated game on Friday and that he expects to return to the Pirates soon.

The veteran right-hander will throw a bullpen session on Sunday. Barring any setbacks, he's looking to return to the rotation in mid-September. He has been sidelined since late July due to inflammation in his pitching elbow. He owns a 3.06 ERA and 114/36 K/BB ratio across 135 1/3 innings on the season.
Sep 4 - 11:48 PM

A.J. Burnett (elbow) is hoping to rejoin the Pirates' rotation during the September 15-17 series against the Cubs.

Burnett was thrilled with how a 70-pitch simulated game went on Sunday, saying there's "no comparison" to how he feels now and how he did when he injured his elbow in July. He will not go out on a rehab assignment before returning. J.A. Happ has pitched well in Burnett's place, posting a 1.98 ERA over five starts.
Aug 30 - 12:40 PM

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

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

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