Sunday, April 1, 2012

A.J. Burnett to start Friday for the Marauders

(photo by John Lembo)

Pitcher A.J. Burnett will make his first rehab start of the season for the Marauders on Friday against the St. Lucie Mets at McKechnie Field.

Game time is 6:30 p.m.

The Pirates acquired Burnett in a February a trade with the New York Yankees. But the 35-year-old righty fractured a bone near his right eye while participating in a bunting tournament later that month and underwent surgery in early March.

He didn't make a start for the Pirates during Grapefruit League play, but threw a simulated game and bullpen sessions.

Burnett has a record of 121-111 and a 4.10 ERA in his career. He won a World Series with the Yankees in 2009 and threw a no-hitter in 2001 while with the Florida Marlins.

The Marauders open their third season 6:30 p.m. Thursday at McKechnie Field against the Mets.

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