Burnett: 'It takes a lot to get me out of a ballgame'
A.J. Burnett suffered a groin injury on Friday against the Marlins. He left the game in the fifth inning after throwing 106 pitches. (USA Today Images)
Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett, forced to leave his last start Friday with a groin injury, said he was encouraged about his recovery after throwing for about 15 minutes in the bullpen Sunday afternoon.
Burnett left his start against the Marlins after 4 ⅓ innings and 106 pitches. He said he’s scheduled to undergo more tests on Monday but got through his bullpen session with only a twinge on two pitches.
“Better than I expected,” he said. “I felt it two times, that's it, out of the stretch. Went away right after that. I'm feeling good enough to throw.”
Burnett said he’s scheduled to meet a doctor on Monday and undergo ultra-sound treatment.
His normal spot in the rotation would come up on Wednesday against the Braves, but as of now the Phillies have TBA listed as their starting pitcher and it seems like a reach that Burnett would be able to go, although Burnett didn’t count it out.
“Getting evaluated tomorrow, going to see a doc and get ultra-sound tomorrow,” he said. “I feel good but I want my mind to be 100 percent.
“Just hope it's not a hernia or something like that. That's what I'm worried about, so tomorrow will give me piece of mind. But as far as physically, today was a good. A lot better [than Saturday].”
Burnett, a 37-year-old right-hander, is 0-1 with a 3.94 ERA in three starts in his first season with the Phils.
Burnett has been one of baseball’s most durable pitchers in recent years. His 196 starts since 2008 are 12th-most in the majors, and he’s one of only 13 pitchers to start 30 or more games in each of the last six years.