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A.J. Burnett | Starting Pitcher

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (37) / 1/3/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 227
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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A.J. Burnett will start as scheduled Wednesday against the Braves despite being diagnosed with a hernia.
Burnett left Friday's start with groin soreness and an ultrasound Monday revealed a hernia. It's worth noting that this isn't a sports hernia, which is more severe, and the Phillies feel that he should be able to pitch through it. Apr 14 - 4:07 PM

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A.J. Burnett (groin) will undergo an ultrasound on Monday.

Burnett threw a bullpen session Sunday, and although it went well overall he admitted to feeling a pull in his groin muscle on two occasions while throwing out of the stretch. The righty will know after Monday's exam whether he'll be cleared to make his next start on Wednesday. "I feel good, but I want my mind to be 100 percent," Burnett said Sunday. "Let’s just hope it’s not a (sports) hernia or something. That’s what I’m worried about. Tomorrow will give me peace of mind. But as far as physically, today was a good day today. A lot better."
Apr 13 - 12:00 PM

A.J. Burnett (groin) is questionable for his scheduled Wednesday start against the Braves.

Burnett was lifted in the fifth inning of his outing Friday night against the Marlins due to soreness in his groin, and he woke up Saturday with lingering discomfort. "We’ll know more on Monday or Tuesday," Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. told reporters Saturday. "If he’s still sore by then, we’ll probably do more testing."
Apr 12 - 6:17 PM

A.J. Burnett was pulled during the fifth inning of Friday's start against the Marlins due to groin soreness.

He was taken out for precautionary reasons, just two outs away from being the pitcher of record. It's unclear at the moment if he'll be able to make his next scheduled start on Wednesday against the Braves.
Apr 11 - 9:19 PM

A.J. Burnett was removed during the fifth inning of Friday's start against the Marlins due to an undisclosed injury.

Burnett struggled with his command throughout the game, walking six and needing 106 pitches to battle through 4 1/3 innings before departing with the team trainer. He was charged with two runs on five hits and struck out four in the ballgame. Expect the Phillies to have an update on his status shortly.
Apr 11 - 9:01 PM

A.J. Burnett allowed eight runs -- four earned -- over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Cubs on Sunday.

It was bad from the outset for Burnett, as the Cubs hung four runs on the right-hander in the first inning. Control was an issue for Burnett all day, as he issued six free passes to go with five hits allowed. He should be better going forward, and he'll have a chance to get back on track against the Marlins next week.
Apr 6 - 7:05 PM

A.J. Burnett got the no-decision, allowing one run in six innings of work during Tuesday's start against the Rangers.

Burnett allowed seven hits, walked two, and struck out three in his Phillies debut. Six of his 18 outs came on the ground, which is a bit low for the right-hander, but he was otherwise solid. With Cole Hamels out potentially through April, the Phillies will need Burnett to be reliable out of the #2 spot in the rotation.
Apr 1 - 11:23 PM

A.J. Burnett allowed one run over five innings and struck out six against the Blue Jays on Thursday.

Burnett finished the spring on a high note after entering with a 7.53 ERA and a 6/8 K/BB ratio in 14 1/3 innings. He did, however, hit his seventh batter today. Maybe he's still taking out his frustrations after going unsigned for so long.
Mar 27 - 4:16 PM

A.J. Burnett pitched three innings and allowed six runs in a loss to the Orioles on Friday.

The Orioles seemed to show the most consistent interest in Burnett over the winter until the Phillies stepped up with their $15 million offer. Burnett has a 12.60 ERA after his first two spring starts, but it's not a cause for concern just yet.
Mar 7 - 5:38 PM

Facing his former team, A.J. Burnett allowed one run and one hit in two innings against the Pirates on Sunday.

Burnett didn't sign until after pitchers and catchers reported, but he's managed to keep pace with the rest of the Phillies' hurlers. He'll probably start the second or third game of the season for the club.
Mar 2 - 4:45 PM

Phillies signed RHP A.J. Burnett to a one-year, $15 million contract.

The deal also includes performance bonuses, a $15 million mutual/player option (with a $1 million buyout) for 2015 and a limited no-trade clause. Most figured that Burnett would wind up back with the Pirates if he decided to continue playing, but the Phillies offered him a lot more money and he jumped at it. The veteran righty will settle in as a fine No. 3 starter behind Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee.
Feb 16 - 9:02 AM

According to John Perrotto of the Beaver County Times, the Pirates' marriage with A.J. Burnett ended last fall when the club offered him a one-year, $8.5 million deal.

Burnett was insulted by the offer, which would have represented a 47 percent paycut from his $16.5 million salary in 2013. The veteran right-hander had stated a desire to retire as a member of the Bucs, but he wound up accepting a one-year, $16 million free agent contract from the cross-state Phillies earlier this week. Perrotto notes in his Beaver County Times article that Pirates owner Bob Nutting recently bought his second ski resort. Pittsburgh's final offer to Burnett this winter was one year, $12 million.
Feb 13 - 11:08 AM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports the Pirates offered A.J. Burnett $12 million to return for 2014.

The Phillies ultimately blew the Pirates out of the water with their $16 million offer, coaxing Burnett away from Pittsburgh. It would have been interesting to see how things would have played out if the Bucs had offered Burnett a $14.1 million qualifying offer earlier this offseason, but it was obviously a price they were unwilling to pay to retain the services of the 37-year-old. They'll roll with a rotation of Francisco Liriano, Gerrit Cole, Charlie Morton, Wandy Rodriguez and Edinson Volquez this season.
Feb 12 - 8:57 PM

According to Todd Zolecki of, A.J. Burnett's new one-year, $16 million contract with the Phillies includes a mutual option for the 2015 season.

No word yet on the value of that option. Burnett signed with the Phillies on Tuesday morning after being courted by the Nationals, Orioles, and Pirates. He posted an outstanding 3.30 ERA and 209/67 K/BB ratio in 191 innings last season for Pittsburgh and should maintain considerable fantasy value across the across the state in Philadelphia.
Source: MLBlogs
Feb 12 - 5:55 PM

Jim Salisbury of reports that the Phillies have agreed to a one-year deal with A.J. Burnett.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears that it's a one-year, $16 million deal, confirming a report from Hayden Balgavy of KTHV in Little Rock, Arkansas. Assuming Cole Hamels is healthy, the addition of Burnett gives the Phillies a very potent trio at the top of their rotation. The 37-year-old posted a 3.30 ERA and 209/67 K/BB ratio in 191 innings last season with the Pirates and ultimately elected to remain in the National League.
Feb 12 - 11:52 AM

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