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Burnett back in camp

Pirates pitcher cleared to resume workouts

Associated Press / March 11, 2012
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Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett returned to spring training camp in Bradenton, Fla., Saturday, eight days after having surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone.

Burnett has been cleared to resume workouts. He rode an exercise bike and played catch for 50 throws in the bullpen.

Burnett said the Pirates will take a conservative approach to his rehab. He is expected to be out 2-3 months.

“The first few throws were a little hairy, I’m not going to lie,’’ Burnett said. “But it went fine. I’ve got a lot of catching up to do. I’m glad to be back down here with the guys.’’

The Pirates acquired Burnett on the first day of spring training in a trade with the Yankees. He was injured Feb. 29 when he fouled a ball off his right eye during a bunting drill.

Burnett had surgery March 2 at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

“There’s not much I could’ve done, other than pull the bat back,’’ Burnett said. “You can’t look back at it.

“I had my day of tears, lying in the hotel room wondering why it happened. I’m over that now. I want to move in a positive direction and get back on the field.’’

Reimold recovering from beaning

Nolan Reimold returned to the Orioles clubhouse in Sarasota, Fla., Saturday, saying he had a chipped tooth a day after being hit by a pitch in the jaw. The outfielder said his left jaw was a little swollen but otherwise he had no ill effects from the fastball thrown by Tampa Bay’s Alex Cobb Friday in Port Charlotte, Fla. Reimold said he would wait for the swelling to go down before he played, and expected that he’d be back on the field in a few days . . . Awkwardly using crutches, David Robertson made his way to his locker in the Yankees clubhouse Saturday. Two days after Robertson fell on the stairs of his home in St. Petersburg, test results came back Friday afternoon that diagnosed a bone bruise. Robertson stayed back in Tampa for treatment while many of his teammates bused for a spring training game against the Braves in Kissimmee, Fla. “There’s always a little worry,’’ Robertson said. “Now that I’ve heard the news, I’m happy.’’ Manager Joe Girardi said, “I don’t sense he’s going to be out that long.’’

Carpenter (neck) to miss start

Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter will miss his scheduled start Monday because of stiffness in his neck. Carpenter, who turns 37 next month, was 11-9 last year, then went 4-0 in the postseason, including a win over Texas in Game 7 of the World Series . . . Mets third baseman David Wright is expected to miss at least another week because of soreness in his left rib cage. Manager Terry Collins said after an 8-2 loss to Washington’s split squad in Viera, Fla., that Wright wasn’t ready. Wright has not played in a spring game this year. The All-Star third baseman has taken ground balls but has not thrown or swung a bat. Team doctor Struan Coleman will travel to the Mets complex in Port St. Lucie to examine Wright and determine the next course of action.

Cespedes homers in debut

Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes homered, walked, and singled in his first major league exhibition game, leading the Athletics to a 6-3 win over the Reds in Phoenix. Manny Ramirez went 0 for 3 in his return to the Athletics lineup after missing a few days because of lower back stiffness . . . Jose Bautista hit his first two homers of spring training and Travis Snider hit his third, leading the Blue Jays to a 5-2 win over the Astros in Dunedin, Fla. . . . Brian Matusz bounced back from a shaky spring debut, pitching four sharp innings as the Orioles beat the Phillies, 1-0, in Clearwater, Fla.

Pitchers have a wild time

Starters Jair Jurrjens (Braves) and Michael Pineda (Yankees) both had trouble finding the plate and were pulled in the third inning as New York beat Atlanta, 8-3, in Kissimmee. Jurrjens walked six in 2 1/3 innings. He allowed five hits and three runs in his second spring start. Pineda gave up one run on four hits, three walks and a wild pitch in 2 2/3 innings . . . Tigers manager Jim Leyland got his easiest decision of the spring out of the way: He named American League Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander his Opening Day starter April 5 against the Red Sox. “I just assumed everybody figured that,’’ Leyland said after Verlander pitched four shutout innings in a 5-5, 10-inning tie with a Nationals split squad in Lakeland, Fla.

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