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Postby CadensDad » Mon May 29, 2006 11:25 pm

This is copied from MLB.com

Burnett is as bad as Prior and Wood now, extremely overpaid and always hurt. Jays are looking dumber and dumber each week with signing this chump

05/29/2006 8:09 PM ET
Burnett transferred to 60-day DL
Right-hander expected to return at the end of June
By Jordan Bastian / MLB.com

A.J. Burnett is recovering from a sprained ulnar collateral ligament and strained scar tissue in his elbow. (AP)

TORONTO -- With every pitch that A.J. Burnett fired in the bullpen beyond the left-field wall at Rogers Centre on Monday, the Blue Jays began to have a clearer idea of when he might be ready to make his next start.
The success of the 40-pitch bullpen session -- the first time Burnett has thrown off a mound since reinjuring his right elbow on April 21 -- helped pitching coach Brad Arnsberg map out a tentative plan for the pitcher's return. That didn't stop the Jays from transferring Burnett from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list prior to Monday's game against the Red Sox.

Fortunately for Toronto, the detailed program that Arnsberg has scheduled sets a return date that falls nearly on the same day that Burnett is eligible to come off the DL. Barring any setbacks, Burnett could come off the DL and start in Atlanta on June 21. According to Arnsberg's plan, which includes two rehab starts in the Minors, Burnett could be ready to make an outing on June 20.

"That's about perfect," manager John Gibbons said. "It just made sense. We kind of looked to see where he was at, and we want to make sure he's good and ready. We can't afford another setback."

Monday's bullpen session didn't include any setbacks. In fact, Burnett was throwing much harder and felt better than Arnsberg had anticipated. After throwing about 25 pitches off the mound, Arnsberg said, the right-hander appeared to gain velocity and was throwing at an estimated 85 percent to 90 percent.

"A.J. was really good -- better than I thought he'd be, really," Arnsberg said. "I told him, 'Easy. We're not trying to climb this mountain in a day.' I just think that's what his body told him to do, throw like that. That's a real good sign, rather than a guy that comes out there and kind of eases through it."

Burnett is recovering from a sprained ulnar collateral ligament and strained scar tissue in his right elbow. He sustained a similar injury during Spring Training and landed on the 15-day DL, but returned to the mound for two starts in April. On April 21, he left his outing against the Red Sox after just four innings because he felt the same pain he'd experienced during the spring.

The scar tissue is left over from the elbow ligament replacement surgery he underwent in 2003. After injuring the elbow a second time with Toronto, Burnett flew to Birmingham, Ala., where he saw Dr. James Andrews, the orthopedic surgeon who performed the operation. Andrews confirmed that there was no structural damage.

Despite the good news, Toronto decided to take a slower approach to Burnett's recovery than the first time around. He rested three weeks before picking up a baseball to begin throwing on flat ground on April 12.

"I know that we want him to feel comfortable, and we'll take more time than we did on the last one, because the last one didn't work," Arnsberg said. "If it takes an extra week, then it takes an extra week. We'd like to have him for all of July and August and September. That's the most important thing that we have to keep in perspective."

It looks as though the Jays will have Burnett before July.

Burnett will have an off-day on Tuesday, will throw long-toss on Thursday and then will pitch off the mound in a second bullpen session on Saturday. Up to this point, he has thrown only fastballs and changeups on flat ground and in the bullpen. He'll begin adding his curveball into the mix this week.

Arnsberg then plans on having Burnett throw a simulated game on Monday. The sim-game allows Toronto to control the number of pitches the righty throws in a given inning -- something that is unpredictable in a Minor League rehab start.

After working through three or four innings in the simulated game, Burnett will make at least two Minor League starts on a five-day schedule, which puts him on pace to be ready by the time he can come off the DL.

"It was pretty exciting to see," Arnsberg said. "You just see this life in this arm, and that doesn't come along very often. He's not even trying yet."


Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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Postby mweir145 » Mon May 29, 2006 11:33 pm

He was transferred to the 60 day DL to make room for Alfonzo... :-[

It's retroactive though, so he can still come off June 21 if he's ready by then. This doesn't mean that he's out for anymore time than he would have been had he stayed on the 15 day DL.

After all of this, I'm still not sure he's even hurt. Seems like the pain is more in his head than anything else as there is nothing structurally wrong him with his elbow. He's just going to have to pitch through it.
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Postby Havok1517 » Tue May 30, 2006 2:20 am

BIGGEST WASTE OF MONEY THIS YEAR = JEFF BAGWELL!!!
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Postby RAmst23 » Tue May 30, 2006 2:31 am

Really glad the Cardinals didn't fork over the cash and sign this guy. Very risky contract with Burnett, but still a little too early to call the whole thing a busy.
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Postby fantasygeek2006 » Tue May 30, 2006 8:15 am

A.J. Burnett is recovering from a sprained ulnar collateral ligament and strained scar tissue in his elbow. (AP)


I swear to god this guy is living the life when he can get paid that much to fake injuries. I suggest the team make Burnett pay for his own medical bills and not be paid until he actually tosses more than 10 innings.
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Postby Mookie4ever » Tue May 30, 2006 8:41 am

Yeah, just to follow up on what mweir said - there's no new injury. He was transferred to the 60 day DL to make room for Alfonzo. The injury supposedly is nothing different than a lot of pitchers have early in their careers and just pitch through. The Jays are being polite about it but Burnett is pretty much being a pussy about it. People in the Jays organization have let it slip that Brad Arnsberg has had a few big name pitchers (Pettitte is the only one that I can remember being mentioned) talk to Burnett about pitching through the pain and reassuring him that it will get better and the pain is not a sign that he's about to blow out his elbow.
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Postby CHE » Tue May 30, 2006 9:18 am

I was jthinking of mkaing a thread about this topic also :-° AJ is a freaking BUM :-° .

Also, didnt he and the jays sign like a 3 year deal agreement where both sides have options to cancell the deal or somthing???
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Postby acsguitar » Tue May 30, 2006 11:14 am

Woo hooo just got pettite for Burnett straight up!
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Postby mikegp » Tue May 30, 2006 11:39 am

Burnett isn't a waste of money yet. If he can come back by the end of june it would give the jays a HUGE boost. Their rotation really needs it to...Let's go blue jays!!
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Postby CadensDad » Tue May 30, 2006 2:27 pm

mikegp wrote:Burnett isn't a waste of money yet. If he can come back by the end of june it would give the jays a HUGE boost. Their rotation really needs it to...Let's go blue jays!!


Burnett just signed a 5 year 55 Mil contract.

A.J. Burnett p
5 years/$55M (2006-10)

signed as a free agent 12/05
06:$7M, 07:$12M, 08:$12M, 09:$12M, 10:$12M
Burnett may opt out of the contract after 2008

1 year/$3.65M (2005), avoided arbitration 1/05
$0.15M in incentives
$50,000 each for 190, 200 & 210 IP
1 year/$2.5M (2004), avoided arbitration 12/03
1 year/$2.5M (2003), lost arbitration 2/03 ($3.075M-$2.5M)
1 year/$0.3675M (2002)
agent: Darek Braunecker & Mark Rodgers

ML service: 6.038


The man has been playing for 7 years (Not counting this year.) He has only pitched 2 years of 200 IP or more and 1 year of a 173. He has never won more than 12 games, and has lost as many as 12 in a year. He has had injurieds every year of his career and serious injuries 3 times. This guy is a waste of money
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