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A.J. Burnett placed on disabled list with right calf strain

Jun 13, 2013, 6:20 PM EDT

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UPDATE: A.J. Burnett has been placed on the disabled list with a right calf strain.

4:49 PM: Pittsburgh has already lost Wandy Rodriguez to the disabled list with a forearm injury and now the Pirates will be without A.J. Burnett for at least one turn in the rotation because of a calf injury.

Burnett has been scratched from his scheduled start Friday against the Dodgers and Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that the injury could require a disabled list stint. Gerrit Cole is filling in for Rodriguez and the Pirates have already called up Charlie Morton to start tonight, so their rotation depth is definitely being tested.

Burnett has a 3.12 ERA in 14 starts this season and a 3.39 ERA in 45 total starts since joining the Pirates last year, re-emerging as a top-of-the-rotation starter after three disappointing years with the Yankees.

  1. steelers88 - Jun 13, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Oh joy! Another starting pitcher injured. I wonder who their going to call up? Well at least the Pirates have the most pitching depth they have had in a long time.

  2. kaboomdmv - Jun 13, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Tough luck. I’ve been pulling for the Bucks to climb over the Reds. They never seem to catch a break.

  3. Anoesis - Jun 13, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    “Burnett has been scratched from his scheduled start Friday against the Dodgers …” Well, that explains it, the injury-snake-bitten Dodgers are in the vicinity.

  4. badintent - Jun 14, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    I really enjoyed watching him with the nasty black eye on the Yankees. Just wanna know who gave it to that classless jerk.
    The Yankees gave that redneck $75 million and a chance to win rings.Only AJ could blow that opportunity after escaping Toronto.
    He’s lucky Willie Stargell not on the team. He would have broke AJ in half, then Dave Parker would have quartered him

  5. pisano - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    The Pirates have gotten more out of AJ than any other team has, be thankful for what they’ve gotten so far, especially when the Yankees paid them to take him.

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