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34 A.J. Burnett SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/225 | Birthdate: 1/3/1977 | Birthplace: North Little Rock, AR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Pittsburgh | College: No College | MLB Experience: 17 | Salary: $16,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 67/5 | Average Draft Position: 211.49
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Pirates' skipper: Burnett to throw simulated game Sunday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/25/2015) Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said right-hander A.J. Burnett is expected to throw a simulated game on Sunday. Burnett, who is on the disabled list with a flexor strain, is scheuled to throw three innings, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

It is unclear if Burnett will require any additional rehabbing before returning to the rotation.


Pirates SP A.J. Burnett to throw bullpen session Tuesday


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/25/2015) Pirates starting pitcter A.J. Burnett will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The outcome of the session could determine how soon Burnett can return to the Pirates' rotation.

“We flipped the hourglass,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “The sand's running out, and he wants to be smart with it. He also wants to have a sense of urgency with it in a smart way. We’re not going to sit and take an extra week. If we think we can go, we’re going to bump this thing forward and get it rolling.”

Burnett has been on the 15-day disabled list because of a flexor strain in his right elbow since late July.


Pirates optimistic A.J. Burnett will return to mound by September


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2015) Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett is making progress recovering from elbow inflammation that lnaded him on the disabled list. 

Burnett feels "good", according to manager Clint Hurdle. The team is optimistic that Burnett will get a "mound opportunity" when the Pirates return from their road trip, per the Pittsburgh Tribune.

The Pirates return home starting August 28. 


Pirates' A.J. Burnett optimistic of returning this season


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2015) Despite nursing an elbow injury he suffered in late July, Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett is optimistic he can return later this season, reports MLB.com.

"Guys come back from this," he said. "[Jason] Grilli had it and came back strong."

Burnett is dealing with inflammation in his right elbow, but was able to play catch Tuesday and Wednesday.

"It's going well. Better," he said.


Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett begins playing catch


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2015) Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett was able to play catch Saturday and Sunday, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. It was the first time Burnett was able to play catch since being sidelined with an elbow injury in late July. He is expected to need four weeks to recover.

Pirates SP A.J. Burnett to miss four weeks due to elbow injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2015) Starting pitcher A.J. Burnett was diagnosed with a flexor strain in his right elbow, the Pirates announced Monday. He received a platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection and his estimated time of recovery is four weeks.

The veteran right-hander is 8-5 with a 3.06 ERA in 21 starts, but the All-Star pitcher is 1-2 with a 10.13 ERA in three starts in the second half.


Report: Pirates A.J. Burnett has strained flexor tendon


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2015) Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett has been diagnosed with a strained flexor tendon, according to Fox Sports. The UCL in his right elbow is also intact.

The veteran right-hander will undergo treatment in hopes of pitching again this season. He is 8-5 with a 3.06 ERA in 21 starts, but the All-Star pitcher is 1-2 with a 10.13 ERA in three starts in the second half.


Pirates SP A.J. Burnett will decline surgery if recommended


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2015) Surgery is not an option for Pirates starter A.J. Burnett even if doctors tell him he has torn elbow ligament. He would rather pitch through it than undergo a season-ending procedure.

He went on the disabled list Friday with what was described as right elbow inflammation, but an MRI scheduled for Monday could reveal it to be worse.

"I'm prepared for (being told) it just needs some rest and if it's ... the worst (outcome)," Burnett told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "It's a matter of doing enough treatment and building up some pain tolerance so I can stay on mound in the stretch run."

That might be difficult considering how poorly Burnett has performed since the All-Star break. He has surrendered 18 runs on 32 hits in 16 innings and has lost his last two decisions.


Pirates' A.J. Burnett to 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/31/2015) The Pirates have placed struggling pitcher A.J. Burnett on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. Burnett has been dreadful over his last three times out, going 1-2 with a whopping 10.13 ERA in that span.

Burnett claimed he was healthy following Thursday's disaster of an outing, when he allowed seven earned runs against the Reds. But regardless, he will be out for at least the next two weeks.


Pirates SP A.J. Burnett dismissing recent struggles


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2015) Slumping Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett is downplaying his struggles, which reached a new low in a miserable outing Thursday against Cincinnati.

"I don't think it's a rough patch, man," he told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "Just had a bad day, that's all."

Burnett allowed seven runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings in taking his second straight loss. That was the worst of three outings in which he has given up 18 runs on a whopping 32 hits in 16 innings pitched.

He had not surrendered more than four runs in any start in the first half of the season. He has yielded at least five in every start since the All-Star break. His ERA has risen from 2.11 to 3.06 since then.


Pirates SP A.J. Burnett rocked by Reds


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) A.J. Burnett was roughed-up by the Reds on Thursday in one of his worst starts of the season, allowing eight runs and 10 hits in just 4 1/3 innings as the Pirates were blown out. 

Burnett gave up a first-inning home run and wasn't very effective after that. He threw 97 pitches in his short stint, walking two and striking out four. 

Burnett has now lost two straight games, and has seen his ERA rise from 1.99 on July 6 to 3.06.


Pirates' A.J. Burnett gives up 11 hits in second straight start


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/25/2015) Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett continued his recent struggles, as he was lit up for five runs on 11 hits over 5 2/3 innings on Saturday against the Nationals. Burnett did not walk a batter and struck out eight, throwing 67 of 91 pitches for strikes in the 9-3 loss. He did hit two batters on the afternoon.

Burnett (8-4) was battling pretty much all night, as he had baserunners on in all but one inning in the game. He also committed a throwing error on a pick-off attempt. His ERA ballooned up to 2.68 with the ugly outing.

"Control was terrible. I'm hitting guys in the foot, throwing balls down the middle, throwing balls away at first," Burnett said, per MLB.com. "What else? Didn't cover home. I got strikeouts, but strikeouts don't win ballgames."

The veteran right-hander has allowed 11 earned runs in his two starts after the All-Star break, the same amount he had given up over his previous seven outings. 

"That I'm a human being. You expect me to go out and do what I did in the first half, you're nuts," Burnett said. "I'm going to do everything I can, but that's ridiculous numbers."


Pirates SP A.J. Burnett picks up win despite rough outing


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/21/2015) Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett earned his eighth win of the season on Monday against thr Royals despite a less than stellar performance.

Burnett gave up six runs on 11 hits, but got enough run support to leave the game after six innings in good condition.

The six runs are the most Burnett (8-3) has given up this season. He now has a 2.44 ERA in 125 1/3 innings of work.


A.J. Burnett, Shelby Miller among NL All Stars not to pitch in game


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2015) Five healthy National League pitchers didn't get into Tuesday's All Star Game:

A.J. Burnett, Pirates; Carlos Martinez, Cardinals; Shelby Miller, Braves; Jonathan Papelbon, Phillies; Michael Wacha, Cardinals

Every National League position player appeared in the game. 


Pirates SP A.J. Burnett gives gutsy performance on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/12/2015) Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett posted his seventh consecutive quality start on Saturday, but he did not factor in the decision. Burnett allowed three runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out six, as his ERA rose to 2.11.

The veteran hurler gave up a solo home run to Mark Reynolds to open the scoring in the second inning. He allowed another run to score in the third and in the fifth. He finished with a no-decision, as the Pirates beat the Cardinals in extra-innings on Saturday.

Burnett helped his own cause, as he launched a solo home run of John Lackey in the fifth inning. It was the fourth longball of his career, and the first since 2005. 

Burnett closes out his first half by allowing a total of 11 earned runs in 49 2/3 innings over his last seven starts.


Pirates SP A.J. Burnett receives no-decision Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) Despite producing a solid outing Monday, Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett received a no-decision during the 2-1 win over the Padres.

Burnett allowed one run on five hits over 7 2/3 innings. He also walked three and struck out four during the outing. His ERA is now 1.99.

Burnett has now earned a quality start in his last six starts. He has surrendered a total of four earned runs over his last 20 2/3 innings of work.


NL All-Star reserves, pitchers and Final Vote candidates revealed


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) The National League All Star reserves and pitchers were announced on Monday evening, and there was no room for the reigning National League MVP.

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was not selected for the All Star team, although he's one of five candidates to take the final spot on the roster in the Final Vote. 

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant made the team as an injury replacement for the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton. Bryant is one of two rookies on the team, along with Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson

The Pirates sent two starting pitchers to the All Star team for the first time since 1960. MLB wins leader Gerrit Cole and fellow Pittsburgh starter A.J. Burnett will both be making their first appearance. 

National League reserves are:

Catchers: Yasmani Grandal, Dodgers; Yadier Molina, Cardinals
First basemen: Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers; Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
Second basemen: DJ LeMahieu, Rockies; Joe Panik, Giants
Third basemen: Nolan Arenado, Rockies; Kris Bryant, Cubs
Shortstop: Brandon Crawford, Giants
Outfielders: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates; Joc Pederson, Dodgers; A.J. Pollock, Diamondbacks; Justin Upton, Padres

National League pitchers are:

Madison Bumgarner, Giants; A.J. Burnett, Pirates; Aroldis Chapman, Reds; RHP: Gerrit Cole, Pirates; Jacob deGrom, Mets; Zack Greinke, Dodgers; Mark Melancon, Pirates; Shelby Miller, Braves; Jonathan Papelbon, Phillies; Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers; Trevor Rosenthal, Cardinals; Max Scherzer, Nationals; Michael Wacha, Cardinals

The five candidates for the Final Vote are:

Johnny Cueto, Reds; Jeurys Familia, Mets; Carlos Martinez, Cardinals; Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers; Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies


Pirates SP A.J. Burnett goes seven innings in win over Tigers


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/1/2015) Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett had amazing stuff on Wednesday against the Tigers.

Burnett tossed seven innings, allowed seven hits and just two earned runs before being pulled from the game. He picked up his seventh win of the season in a game where he was never truly in trouble at any point -- he gave up runs off a single and infield groundout.

The run support in the 9-3 win helped Burnett keep his compusure and settle into another good performance.

"The boys came out swinging," Burnett said, per MLB.com. "It was good to see Pedro get one and for Walker to have the day he had (4-for-6). Anytime they come out swinging like that, man, it helps out."

Burnett (7-3) has a 2.05 ERA with 90 strikeouts and 27 walks in 105 1/3 innings this season.


Pirates SP A.J. Burnett strikes out five in no-decision


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/26/2015) Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett was solid against the Reds on Thursday.

Burnett threw six innings, allowed eight hits and gave up just one earned run in a no-decision. He left the game with a 4-2 lead and a chance to pick up his seventh win of the year, but his bullpen allowed two runs in the seventh inning.

Burnett (6-3) has a 2.01 ERA with 86 strikeouts and 27 walks in 98 1/3 innings this season.


Pirates SP A.J. Burnett knocked around for 14 hits on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/19/2015) Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett gave up a career-high 14 hits on Friday against the Nationals. But somehow he managed to escape with just four runs scored (three earned) over his 6 2/3 innings. Burnett walked one and struck out seven, needing just 98 pitches on the evening.

Burnett (6-3, 2.05 ERA) got into an early deficit when he gave up two runs in the first inning. He then gave up additional runs in the third and seventh innings before being lifted for a reliever.

"I don't think I've ever seen a pitcher go into the seventh giving up double-digit hits like that," manager Clint Hurdle said, per MLB.com, "and have the game still in hand. It wasn't his 'A' stuff. But his will to compete got things done and kept us in the ballgame."

This is just the third time in 14 starts this season that Burnett has given up at least three earned runs. But he was still left with his third loss of the season. He's set to square off against the Reds at home on Thursday.


Pirates P A.J. Burnett dominates in nine scoreless innings


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2015) Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett pitched nine scoreless innings in Sunday afternoon’s 1-0 win against the Phillies.

Burnett was on point throughout the game and only allowed five hits through the nine complete frames. He was relieved by Jared Hughes, who entered the game in the 10th after the game was 0-0 through the first nine innings.

Burnett walked one batter and struck out four, aided by a great defensive effort by the Pirates.

Burnett’s spectacular season continued as his ERA is now 1.89 for the year.

His next start is projected for Friday against the Nationals.


Pirates P A.J. Burnett gives up an earned run in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2015) Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett allowed one earned run in Monday evening's 2-0 loss to the Brewers. 

This loss snapped a six-game winning streak for Burnett, who had even been victorious after giving up four earned runs in each of his past two starts. Against the Brewers, Burnett went seven innings, allowed five hits, walked one batter and struck out six. 

This is Burnett's sixth game in a row with at least five strikeouts. He now holds an ERA of 2.11

Burnett's next start is projected for Sunday against the Phillies. 


Pirates SP A.J. Burnett earns sixth win of season Tuesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2015) After going winless in his first five starts to open the season, Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett has now earned a win in his last six starts.

Burnett allowed four runs on eight hits over five innings of work during Tuesday's 7-4 win over the Giants. He also struck out five and walked two. His ERA now stands at 2.20.

Despite earning victories in his last two outings, Burnett has given up a total of nine runs (eight earned) during that time. It was his second-straight start failing to record a quality start.

"You can pitch well and lose, and pitch like I did tonight and still win," Burnett said, per MLB.com. "That's the way it goes, and why I'll never complain about the support I'm getting."

His next expected start is scheduled for Monday against the Brewers.


Pirates SP A.J. Burnett on 5-1 start: 'I'm sticking to the things I do'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett won a fifth straight start Thursday at San Diego, improving to 5-1 with a 1.81 ERA through 10 starts.

Thursday was actually the first time all season the 38-year-old veteran allowed more than two runs in a start, but he's enjoyed a nice turnaround after totaling a career-worst 18 losses in 2014 with the Phillies.

"I'm throwing the same stuff I threw when I was here before, or even last year," Burnett said, per MLB.com. "People are saying I'm doing more because I'm executing more. The difference between the last couple of years and this year is that I'm executing more pitches than I'm not, that's the bottom line. I'm just sticking to the things I do."


Pirates SP A.J. Burnett allows five runs in Thursday's start


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett gave up five runs (four earned) over 5 2/3 innings to earn his fifth victory of the season during the 11-5 win over the Padres on Thursday.

Burnett (5-1) struck out six and walked two batters during the outing. His ERA rose from 1.37 to 1.81.

The Pirates gave Burnett a 7-0 lead before Burnett allowed two runs to score in the fourth inning on hits by Justin Upton and Will Middlebrooks. Burnett permitted more runs in the fifth inning when two hits and two errors led to two runs.

By failing to toss seven innings Thursday, it broke Burnett's streak of four-consecutive starts throwing seven innings. He allowed four earned runs during those outings. His next expected is scheduled for Tuesday at San Francisco.