Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett has been diagnosed with an orbital fracture of his right eye and will have surgery on Friday to repain the broken orbital bone. He suffered the injury while putting down a bunt in spring training drills.
The Pirates won't know an exact recovery time of the injury until after surgery, the team says. Normal recovery time is considered three to six weeks.
Internally, the 35 year old Burnett has been viewed by Pirate management as the team's ace and top of the rotation starter going into the regular season.