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A.J. Burnett exits start in the fifth inning with groin soreness

Apr 11, 2014, 9:06 PM EDT

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The Phillies may be in danger of losing another starting pitcher to injury. A.J. Burnett winced after throwing a pitch to Casey McGehee in the top of the fifth inning during Friday night’s start against the Marlins. After walking McGehee to load the bases, the Phillies’ trainer visited Burnett and the right-hander left the game, giving way to reliever Jake Diekman. Diekman was able to escape Burnett’s jam with two strikeouts.

Burnett’s Phillies career has not gotten off to a good start. After a successful debut in red pinstripes, Burnett walked six batters in back-to-back starts including Friday against the Marlins. Prior to the season, the last time Burnett walked six in a game was on July 18, 2011. In total, Burnett has a 3.94 ERA, but has walked 14 and struck out 10 batters in 16 innings.

We should get word on Burnett’s status soon. We’ll update you here.

Update (9:15 PM EST): Burnett exited with groin soreness, per David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News. He was taken out for precautionary reasons.

  1. toodrunktotastethischicken - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Worst case, even if he is hurt they have a healthy Pettibone and Adams coming back. And they just got Seth Rosin back not to mention Hamels hopefully in a couple weeks so the pitching depth won’t be completely hurt.

  2. tfbuckfutter - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Are there any other million year old ballplayers they can replace him with?

  3. nbjays - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Cue Historiophiliac’s schoolgirlish snickering about groin jokes…

  4. jrbdmb - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Karma bites back for Burnett screwing over the Pirates. Though since he gets paid anyway it’s really karma biting Amaro and the Phillies for the ?? time (I’ve lost count).

    • ptfu - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:14 PM

      “Groin strain” + “screw someone else over” = heh heh heh + ouch ouch ouch

    • schmedley69 - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:44 PM

      So what did the Pirates do to trigger that 20-year losing streak? Must have been something really bad to result in that much bad karma.

      • jwbiii - Apr 12, 2014 at 12:48 AM

        They had two outfielders reaching free agency; they decided they could only afford one. They signed Andy Van Slyke and let Barry Bonds go.

  5. steelerfan9598 - Apr 12, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    I wouldn’t say he ‘screwed over’ the Pirates but, he did lead them to believe they had more leverage when he said he would come back to Pittsburgh or retire. Had he not said that and given them a false sense of certainty that they had some room to negotiate a reasonable salary, I believe they would have made a qualifying offer which would have ‘screwed’ him since signing him would have cost the Phillies a draft pick and probably wouldn’t have happened. And he would be on a one year deal now instead of two. So, basically, he lied then he was able to fleece the Phillies due to injury. The Pirates aren’t on the hook for his bloated salary so, they have plenty of room to add players via trade as the season goes on.

    • jwbiii - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      The Pirates’ “leverage” over Burnett is well known. If they had made him a 1/$14.1m offer, he probably would have taken it. They thought they could get on the cheap. They thought wrong.

      • steelerfan9598 - Apr 13, 2014 at 7:26 AM

        Agreed

  6. musketmaniac - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    phils suck

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