Saturday, April 21, 2012

Quote of the Day

A. J. Burnett is the pitcher the Pirates acquired from the Yankees and are paying $6.5 million a year (for two years) while the Yankees pay the other $10 million a year (for two years) of his salary. After fracturing his orbital bone on a bunt attempt he has made two rehab starts with Class A Bradenton and went 0-2 with a 12.79 ERA. He threw 81 pitches and gave up seven hits and five runs in four innings for Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday. Here is a quote by Clint Hurdle, Pirate manager:

The results really don't matter that much. You are dealing with a whole different animal down there with A-ball hitters and big league hitters. It sounds funny, but it's real.

It does sound funny. What does it even mean?

A. J. Burnett was scheduled to make another rehab start in Indianapolis tonight. Instead he was flown to Pittsburgh to start when Kevin Correia was scratched with a side pain. After loading the bases (2 walks and a hit) with no outs in the first inning, Burnett went on to pitch 7 shut out innings giving up only 2 more hits to earn the victory (2-0). And I still don't know what it means.

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