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Pirates activate A.J. Burnett from the disabled list

Jul 7, 2013, 12:08 PM EDT

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As planned, the Pirates have activated right-handed starter A.J. Burnett from the 15-day disabled list.

He will start for the Pirates on Sunday afternoon against the Cubs after sitting out for the past three-plus weeks because of a strained right calf muscle.

Burnett has registered a fantastic 3.12 ERA and 1.13 ERA in 14 starts this season, fanning 99 batters and issuing only 35 walks in 89 1/3 innings. The 36-year-old Arkansas native owns an impressive 3.39 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 8.6 K/9 in 291 2/3 total frames since joining Pittsburgh via a trade from the Yankees before the start of the 2012 campaign.

The Pirates enter play Sunday with one-game lead over the Cardinals in the National League Central.

  1. yankeepunk3000 - Jul 7, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    I like many Yankee fans were glad to see him go. But I was truly hoping he would do well with the pirates which he has. it makes me happy to see him contribute to a contender now. Him and Martin have been big pieces in that team and I hope AJ sticks around atleast one more year with the scaliwags. He obviously can still pitch effectively

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