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A.J. Burnett scheduled to throw simulated game Saturday

Mar 21, 2012, 10:12 PM EDT

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Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett continues to make steady progress in his recovery from surgery to correct an orbital bone fracture below his right eye.

According to Tom Singer of, Burnett tossed a successful 52-pitch bullpen session Wednesday in Pirates camp and has been cleared to throw a couple of innings Saturday in a simulated game. If all continues to go well, he should begin making minor-league rehab starts in early-to-mid April.

The Bucs acquired Burnett from the Yankees back in February for a couple of minor leaguers and cash considerations. He’s expected to be ready for live major league action by the first week or two of May.

  1. ermur22 - Mar 21, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    And no one cares zzzzz

  2. jwbiii - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    During this simulated game, will he be making any simulated bunts?

  3. Jonny 5 - Mar 22, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    I can’t help but to root for this guy. I hope he thrives in his new home. I know he’s “hated” in NY and by NY fans in general but I haven’t seen any evidence that he hasn’t tried to live up to expectations at least. It kind of grinds my gears when pro ball players get skewered by fans and media alike when all they do is the best they can.

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