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A.J. Burnett has been pitching just fine since inguinal hernia diagnosis

Apr 27, 2014, 6:56 PM EDT

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A few days after his April 11 start against the Marlins in which he couldn’t get through the fifth inning, Phillies starter A.J. Burnett was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. He said he would pitch through the rest of the season with it rather than undergo surgery.

So far, so good. Burnett picked up his first win of the season with eight shutout innings against the Diamondbacks on Sunday afternoon, giving him three consecutive quality outings since his diagnosis:

  • April 17 vs. Braves: 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K (no-decision win)
  • April 22 at Dodgers: 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 5 K (no-decision win)
  • April 27 at Diamondbacks: 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 8 K (win)
  • Total: 21 2/3 IP, 2 ER (0.83 ERA), 14 H, 3 BB, 18 K

Thus begins the trend of pitchers intentionally giving themselves inguinal hernias in order to pitch better.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Apr 27, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    “Mandatory Guinea Pig Hernias for the entire roster!”

    -Ruben Amaro

  2. 950003cups - Apr 27, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    AJ sucked in NY. But he’s been ok elsewhere

    • greymares - Apr 27, 2014 at 8:08 PM

      everything sucks in New York.

    • sportsfan18 - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      Amazing stat…

      Jack Morris career ERA+ is 105

      A.J.’s right now is also 105 and that is with him SUCKING in New York…

      His ERA+ for ONLY his time in New York was just 92, which is below the league average of 100.

      He’d be well above Jack Morris’ ERA+ without having gone to New York…

  3. opiedamus - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Dealt with same hernia for quite a while. Managed
    to play tennis, softball, and hoops with it.
    Albeit not quite the same level, but it’s not as big
    a deal as one would think.

    Literally, just push it back with your finger
    and “play ball.” However, it does have to be fixed
    with surgery, only option.

  4. corky2141 - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    Way to jinx it bill

  5. musketmaniac - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    A herniated drama queen. a first

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