In a release by the team's official twitter page, the Pittsburgh Pirates confirmed that newly-acquired pitcher A.J. Burnett has a orbital fracture in his right eye that he sustained on Wednesday during a bunting drill.
A.J. Burnett has been diagnosed with an orbital fracture of his right eye...He will undergo surgery tomorrow in Pittsburgh.— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) March 1, 2012
As of right now there is no timetable for his return when the surgery is completed. This is a disappointment for the Pirates to say the least. The Pirates are/were depending on Burnett to pitch 180 innings or more. Now depending on how long Burnett is out because of this injury, it makes that goal that much more difficult to achieve.
The good news about this is that he is getting this surgery done as quickly as he can, Pirates fans can certainly hope that his recovery is both full and speedy.
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