BRADENTON, Fla., Feb. 29 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett will be evaluated after being hit in the right eye by a ball, the team said Wednesday.
Burnett was struck in the face between the eye and temple when a baseball he was trying to bunt bounced off his bat during a spring training workout in Bradenton, Fla.
The 35-year-old hurler is being sent back to Pittsburgh for further examination, Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington said.
Burnett was obtained by the Bucs from the New York Yankees in a Feb. 18 trade and is expected to be the club's opening day starter.