A. J. Burnett SP PIT 4 days ago

Burnett fanned seven and walked three while giving up two hits over six scoreless innings against the Cardinals on Friday night.

He did not factor in the decision, however, as the Cards scored a game-tying run in the seventh inning and eventually won in extra innings. Burnett has improved his walk rate (8.1%) through five starts with the Pirates this season, carrying peripherals that more closely resemble his 2013 campaign with Pittsburgh than his injury-laden one with the Phillies a year ago. Burnett fill face the Reds at PNC Park in his next scheduled start Thursday.

A. J. Burnett SP PIT 2 weeks ago

Burnett was able to limit the damage against him again on Monday, allowing just one run over six innings of work against the Cubs.

Burnett has only allowed four runs in his 18 innings in 2015, but has also allowed 19 hits in that frame. The veteran has been keeping runs off the board, but doing so in a dangerous fashion. His next start will come against the Diamondbacks this weekend.

A. J. Burnett SP PIT 3 weeks ago

Burnett was a tough-luck loser Tuesday after giving up just one earned run on seven hits and two walks while striking out eight in 6.2 innings against the Tigers.

It's hard to complain about Burnett's production through two starts this season, as he has given up just three earned runs with 15 strikeouts in 12 innings, although he does not have a win to show for his troubles. He should be able to continue to miss bats as his next start comes Monday against the free-swinging Cubs.

A. J. Burnett SP PIT 4 weeks ago

Burnett struck out seven batters over 5.1 innings Thursday against the Reds, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk.

He was working on a shutout before giving up a two-run homer to Joey Votto in the sixth inning, which got him pulled from the game. Despite the unfortunate ending that kept Burnett from registering a quality start, this was a solid start to his final season in the major leagues.

A. J. Burnett SP PIT 1 month ago

Burnett hurled four scoreless innings against the Yankees on Thursday in his final spring tuneup.

The 38-year-old veteran, who has already announced that 2015 will be his last big-league season, is set to debut Thursday, April 9 against the Reds in Cincinnati.

A. J. Burnett SP PIT 1 month ago

Burnett gave up two unearned runs in six innings of a "B" game Saturday, striking out seven while throwing 19 of 24 first-pitch strikes. "I'm ready now," Burnett told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

After pitching for Philadelphia through a sports hernia in 2014, he makes for a decent late-round draft target. He's averaged 193 strikeouts over the last three season and figures to improve upon last year's 4.59 ERA.

A. J. Burnett SP PIT 1 month ago

Burnett allowed five runs on three hits and three walks in 4.2 innings Monday, striking out five batters, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Burnett worked with newly-acquired catcher, Francisco Cervelli, for the first time this spring and the two met halfway between the mound twice in the first inning. "It's just getting him where I want him (positioned) behind the plate," Burnett said of the visits. "He caught me in New York, but I'm a completely different guy than I was in New York."

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Burnett has walked five batters in eight spring innings as he attempts to incorporate a changeup into his pitching repertoire.

The righty threw his changeup sparingly (7.5 percent) in 2014, but with an average fastball of 91.7 mph -- two miles per hour slower than his career mark -- the 38-year-old is looking to trick batters one more time during his final season. Burnett enters 2015 as Pittsburgh's No. 3 starter and figures to compile an earned-run average between his numbers from 2013 (3.30 ERA) and 2014 (4.59 ERA).

A. J. Burnett SP PIT 6 months ago

Burnett, who signed a one-year, $8.5 million contract with the Pirates on Friday, said that he underwent hernia surgery right after the season ended, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

This was expected, but Burnett confirmed after his signing was made official that he did undergo surgery to address the hernia issue that bothered him all year long. He added that he expects to a full-go come spring training. Burnett left more than $4 million on the table to come back to Pittsburgh -- his player option with the Phillies was worth $12.75 million -- but he'll get to play for what should be a contending team and there's reason to believe his numbers will improve with a better defense behind him.

A. J. Burnett SP PIT 6 months ago

Burnett has agreed to a one-year $8.5 million deal with the Pirates.

He will look to reclaim some of the magic he had in Pittsburgh in 2013 after scuffling in a one-year stay in Philadelphia. Last season he posted a 4.59 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP in 213.2 innings -- a far cry from the 3.30 ERA and 1.21 WHIP he had in 2013 with the Pirates. The defensive shifting and emphasis on defensively skilled position players in Pittsburgh certainly sets it apart from the way things are done in Philadelphia, so it's easy to see why Burnett fared better as a Pirate. He will also be going to a better park for pitching, so there are plenty of reasons to expect a minor bounce back in his age-38 season.