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Pirates activate A.J. Burnett for start tonight against the Cardinals

Apr 21, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

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A.J. Burnett will make his Pirates’ debut a bit earlier than originally expected.

Kevin Correia was scratched from tonight’s start due to discomfort in his left side, so the Pirates have activated Burnett and will have him make the start instead. Burnett, who underwent surgery in early March to repair an orbital fracture of his right eye, was originally scheduled to make a rehab start with Double-A Altoona tonight.

The important part is that Burnett is back to full health, but he was knocked around for 11 runs on 14 hits in 10 1/3 innings (9.58 ERA) over three rehab outings with High-A Bradenton and Triple-A Indianapolis. He’ll have a tough first test tonight, facing a Cardinals’ team which is third in the majors with 77 runs scored.

  1. redguy12588 - Apr 21, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    I’m soooooooo excited.

  2. proudlycanadian - Apr 21, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Have fun AJ!

  3. stairwayto7 - Apr 21, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    What a butthead this guy was to the Pirate fans in Arizona.

    • ezthinking - Apr 21, 2012 at 8:02 PM

      Too bad he’s dealing so far. Try liking your team’s players.

  4. ironcity6pak - Apr 21, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    No surprise to me at all. Hope he does well. Way to throw him under the bus buco’s.

  5. ironcity6pak - Apr 21, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    No surprise to me at all. Way to throw him under the bus buco’s.8

  6. ironcity6pak - Apr 21, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    I love the pirates players, what are you talking about. Has nothing to do with players, I said I hope he does well. Management is what sucks for the bucs. Btw he’s pitching a 3 hitter in the 7th. Way to go AJ.

  7. pisano - Apr 22, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    I wish him all the luck in the world, as long as he never wears Yankee pinstripes again.

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