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UPDATE: A.J. Burnett cut his hand Saturday in frustration

Jul 17, 2010, 8:48 PM EDT

Yanks starter A.J. Burnett was pulled from Saturday's game after taking his anger out on a pair of doors in the Yankee Stadium clubhouse.

8:48 PM:  Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that Burnett cut his hand on a plastic lineup card after slamming a set of double doors in the Yankees’ clubhouse after the second inning.  To make matters worse, he told the Yanks coaching staff at first that he tripped, and that the lacerations were an accident.  Burnett said he plans to apologize to the entire team on Sunday.

6:41 PM:
  A.J. Burnett left Saturday’s game against the Rays in the third inning due to cuts on his right hand, according to Tim Britton of

Burnett allowed four runs on four hits — including a two-run home run by Reid Brignac — over two-plus innings before being relieved by Dustin Moseley. He also hit two batters and committed an error.

When Yankees manager Joe Girardi was interviewed during the game on FOX, he said he wasn’t aware how Burnett suffered the cuts on his hand. Just a short while ago, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman informed Kim Jones of YES Network that Burnett tripped up some stairs and scraped his hand while bracing his fall. It’s not known when or where the incident occurred, though I’m sure this isn’t the last we’ve heard of this.

  1. ben s - Jul 17, 2010 at 8:37 PM

    DJ, there’s an update on the story now. Burnett apparently cut it in frustration after the second inning. Here, you can check it out for yourself

  2. charly - Jul 17, 2010 at 10:09 PM

    perhaps a trip to the minors is in order.
    also a mandatory anger management class.
    also pitching lessons.

  3. Ditto65 - Jul 18, 2010 at 9:07 AM

    But Tim McCarver says AJ has the best curve ball in baseball.
    Stay Classy, HBT.

  4. Pier588 - Jul 18, 2010 at 9:31 AM

    They need one of those punching balls from Hell’s Kitchen in the tunnel.

  5. JoeSixPack - Jul 18, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    Perhaps lashing out in irrational anger was his way of paying tribute to George Steinbrenner.

  6. Pisano - Jul 18, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    82 million for him. It seemed the only team he pitched to in dominating form was the Yankees . He’s been a total bust for them . Now they have to keep him around for five years . Good luck Yanks .

  7. MG19 - Jul 19, 2010 at 9:04 AM

    doesnt matter how good the hook is if he cant get ANYONE out

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