Description: According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, free agent starter A.J. Burnett is strongly considering retirement.
Insight: Burnett only wants to play for the Pirates but that's unlikely to happen after the team declined to give him a qualifying offer before Monday's deadline. The 36-year-old is coming off arguably his best season after leading the team in strikeouts (209) and innings pitched (191).
9/27/2013 10:26:00 PM
Description: Pirates starter A.J. Burnett tossed eight innings and allowed five hits and a run with six strikeouts Friday versus the Reds.
Insight: The 36-year-old may have made his final start in the big leagues, as he is considering retirement and won't start again unless Pittsburgh wins the Wild Card play-in game. He went 10-11 with a 3.30 ERA, 209 strikeouts and a 1.21 WHIP this season.
9/21/2013 10:16:00 PM
Description: Pirates starter A.J. Burnett struck out 12 batters and allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings Saturday to help Pittsburgh defeat the Reds.
Insight: In what could be his final season, the 36-year-old reached 200 strikeouts for the first time since 2008 and the third time in his career. He's 9-11 despite posting a 3.39 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.
9/21/2013 12:07:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh righthander A.J. Burnett said he's 50/50 about returning to play another season. SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Insight: The 36-year-old may retire after the season. He's had another good year for the Pirates, though it hasn't shown up in the win/loss column (8-11, 3.43 ERA in 28 starts).
8/31/2013 10:08:00 PM
Description: Pirates starter A.J. Burnett fired seven innings and allowed one run on four hits with six strikeouts Saturday against the Cardinals to pick up his seventh win.
Insight: Burnett had an up-and-down month, going 3-2 with a 3.79 ERA in six starts. He has a 3.09 ERA this season, a career best, but he has gone just 7-9.
8/4/2013 5:41:00 PM
Description: Pirates righthander A.J. Burnett shut down the Rockies Sunday for his fifth win of the season.
Insight: He's allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his last seven starts. Sunday's win was actually Burnett's first since June 8th. Burnett's next start will be Saturday against these same Rockies.
7/7/2013 9:26:00 PM
Description: Pirates righty A.J. Burnett threw five innings and allowed three hits and two runs (one earned) in his return to the mound Sunday against the Cubs.
Insight: Burnett was making his first start since June 8 after recovering from a Grade 1 tear of his right calf. He's 4-6 with a 3.05 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP and a 102/37 K/BB in 94 1/3 innings this season.
7/7/2013 10:53:00 AM
Description: After missing about a month with a strained calf, righthander A.J. Burnett will return to the Pirates' rotation Sunday against the Cubs.
Insight: Burnett is 1-1 against Chicago this year with a 3.21 ERA. Pittsburgh holds a one-game lead in the NL Central heading into Sunday's series finale.
7/3/2013 9:12:00 PM
Description: Pirates starter A.J. Burnett (calf) doesn't think he'll need to go on a rehab assignment, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I don't know why I'd need it," he said Wednesday. "I didn't hurt my arm."
Insight: Burnett has been out since the second week of June due to a Grade 1 tear of his right calf. He'll throw a bullpen session Thursday and could return as soon as Sunday or Monday.
6/30/2013 10:58:00 AM
Description: Pirates starter A.J. Burnett (calf) will throw a simulated game Tuesday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Burnett has been out since the second week of June due to a Grade 1 tear of his right calf. He threw a 38-pitch bullpen session Friday with no issues and could begin a rehab assignment if he gets through Tuesday's simulated game without a problem.
6/21/2013 4:17:00 PM
Description: Pirates starter A.J. Burnett (calf) threw off flat ground before Thursday's game, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Burnett is out indefinitely with a Grade 1 tear of his right calf. He's not ready to throw off a mound yet.
6/15/2013 4:18:00 PM
Description: Pirates starter A.J. Burnett said Friday that he has a Grade 1 year of his right calf and is out indefinitely, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: Burnett can't put any weight on his leg. The right-hander said he suffered the injury when he was finishing up a series of sprints Wednesday. He's hoping it doesn't turn into a "six-week thing."
6/13/2013 7:17:00 PM
Description: The Pirates have placed righthander A.J. Burnett on the 15-day DL with a strained right calf.
Insight: Burnett will be eligible to return on June 25th against Seattle. Despite a losing record (4-6), the 36-year-old has actually posted a lower ERA this season (3.12) than he did in 2012 (3.51 in 31 starts).
6/13/2013 4:14:00 PM
Description: Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett has been scratched from Saturday's start due to right calf pain, according to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Pittsburgh's rotation has been riddled with injuries. James McDonald, Charlie Morton, Wandy Rodriguez, Francisco Liriano, Jeff Karstens and Jeamar Gomez all have spent time on the DL this season.
6/8/2013 8:36:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh righthander A.J. Burnett almost went the distance Saturday in a win over the Cubs.
Insight: Burnett came within two outs of his first complete game of the season. Saturday was Burnett's first victory since May 3rd against Washington. He had been 0-4 in his previous six starts (3.92 ERA during that span).
5/24/2013 10:42:00 PM
Description: Pirates starter A.J. Burnett limited the Brewers to three hits and two earned runs, walked two and fanned six in seven innings Friday night.
Insight: Burnett allowed two hits and both runs in the bottom of the second but was nearly flawless in the final five innings. The right-hander has been dominant this year, allowing just 49 hits and 20 earned runs and striking out 85 batters in 70 innings.
5/8/2013 6:44:00 PM
Description: Pirates righthander A.J. Burnett struck out nine Mariners over seven two-hit innings Wednesday afternoon, but took a loss.
Insight: Burnett walked four and allowed a homer and two runs to lose a 2-1 decision to Felix Hernandez. The right-hander has been fantastic this season, striking out 66 batters and allowing just 34 hits in 49 innings. He hasn't struck out more than a batter per inning since 2008.
5/3/2013 10:28:00 PM
Description: Pirates righthander A.J. Burnett improved to 3-2 with a win over the Nationals Friday night in Pittsburgh.
Insight: He's 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his last four starts. He's fanned 30 batters over that span. Burnett will make his next start Thursday against the Mets.
4/17/2013 9:54:00 PM
Description: Pirates starter A.J. Burnett fired seven innings of one-hit ball Wednesday in a 5-0 win over St. Louis.
Insight: Burnett had a no-hitter through 6 2/3 innings before giving up a double to Carlos Beltran. He struck out eight and didn't walk a batter to win his first game of the year. Burnett has a 35/8 K/BB in 24 innings this season.
4/7/2013 9:52:00 AM
Description: Pirates starter A.J. Burnett couldn't get out of the sixth inning Saturday against the Dodgers, though he only allowed one run and struck out nine.
Insight: Burnett threw 108 pitches in 5 1/3 innings. He gave up four walks and four hits but limited the damage. Burnett is 0-2 this season but has a 3.27 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 11 innings.
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