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Burnett struck in eye, sent home for exam

Feb. 29, 2012 at 7:39 PM

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.

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