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Pirates' Burnett to have surgery after bunt mishap

New York Yankees Burnett pauses while pitching to the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of Game 4 in their MLB American League Division
New York Yankees Burnett pauses while pitching to the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of Game 4 in their MLB American League Division

(Reuters) - Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett will undergo surgery on Friday to repair a fractured right orbital bone sustained in a bunting drill, the team said on Thursday.

Burnett was injured Wednesday when he fouled a bunt attempt into his face at the team's spring training field in Florida.

The right-handed pitcher, acquired last month in a trade with the New York Yankees, had preliminary examinations but had gone to Pittsburgh to be evaluated by specialists.

The Pirates said they had no word yet on a possible recovery time for Burnett, who was scheduled to face his former team, the Toronto Blue Jays, Sunday in the National League team's spring training opener.

(Reporting By Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Frank Pingue)

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