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A.J. Burnett has just one more rehab start to go

Apr 17, 2012, 7:48 PM EDT

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From beat writer Tom Singer of comes word that right-hander A.J. Burnett is scheduled to join the Pirates’ starting rotation after making one final rehab start Saturday at Double-A Altoona.

Burnett has been on the shelf since suffering a fractured right orbital bone while performing a bunting drill in spring training. He’s made three minor league rehab starts thus far, and hasn’t experienced any lingering issues in or around his right eye.

The 35-year-old was acquired from the Yankees in February for a couple of minor leaguers and cash. He posted a 5.15 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 173/83 K/BB ratio in 190 1/3 innings last year for New York.

  1. redguy12588 - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    No one wants to mention that he’s gotten rocked in every single minor league outing thus far?

  2. howardfredrics - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    If you look up the phrase, “washed up” in the dictionary, you’ll find a picture of AJ Burnett.
    But then again, as a Yankee fan, I knew that some time ago.

  3. randygnyc - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    I don’t wish AJ on anyone. Especially in such a culture where losing is accepted.

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