On the disabled list with strained flexor tendon in his elbow that threatens to end his season and by extension his career, Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett is making steady progress in his recovery.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette that Burnett “feels good” after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection and could be close to throwing off a mound.
Hurdle hinted that convincing Burnett to be honest with the Pirates about how he feels will be key, because as a 38-year-old pitcher planning to retire after the season the temptation may be there to simply come back at any cost.
Burnett made the All-Star team by going 7-3 with a 2.11 ERA in the first half, but then allowed 19 runs in 16 innings over his first three post-break starts and was shut down.