Friday, March 2, 2012

A.J. Burnett update

(photo by John Lembo)

A.J. Burnett underwent surgery this morning at Allegheny General Hospital to repair the fractured right orbital in his right eye, the Pirates said Friday.

In a statement released by the team, general manager Neal Huntington said Burnett will have a three-step road to recovery. The first step is for him to heal. The second step is to get his arm and body back to shape it was in prior to the injury. The final step is for Burnett to work through his planned spring training regimen.

Huntington said the "rough timetable" for Burnett's return to the big leagues is between eight and 12 weeks.

The 35-year-old Burnett suffered the injury when he fouled a ball off his face Wednesday during a bunting drill. He was traded to the Pirates late last month from the New York Yankees for a pair of minor leaguers.

Hungtington is expected to address the media prior to today's intrasquad game at McKechnie Field, which begins at 12:05.

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