Yesterday, I wrote about what seemed like a funny occurrence at Pittsburgh Pirates camp when A.J. Burnett bunted a baseball into his own face. Unfortunately for Burnett and the Pirates, the bunting drill mishap has become a little more serious than was first anticipated.
Immediately following the incident, Burnett went to Pittsburgh to be examined by team doctors. They diagnosed the starting right hander with a fractured orbital bone and scheduled him for surgery tomorrow.
We haven’t received any word on how long he might be out for, but the injury is disappointing news for not only the Pirates, but also Burnett, who must have been looking forward to facing NL Central competition after six years in the AL East.
AJ took this whole ‘pirates wear eye patches’ thing waaaaay to far. Another tattoo would’ve sufficed.
— Harry Pavlidis (@harrypav) March 1, 2012