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Pirates’ A.J. Burnett to Undergo Surgery for Orbital Fracture

March 1 (Bloomberg) -- Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett will have surgery tomorrow to repair a fractured right orbital bone, an injury suffered yesterday when he fouled a bunt attempt into his face.

The Pirates said it isn’t known how long Burnett, who was acquired from the New York Yankees on Feb. 19, will be out.

Burnett, 35, went 11-11 with a 5.15 ERA last year, when he allowed a career-high 31 home runs and set a Yankees record with 25 wild pitches, the most by any Major League Baseball pitcher since the start of the 2000 season. In three seasons in New York, Burnett went 34-35 with a 4.79 earned run average.

The Yankees are paying about $18 million of the remaining $31.1 million on his contract that expires after the 2013 season, ESPN has reported.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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