Starter A.J. Burnett was scheduled to return to Pittsburgh Wednesday night after fouling a ball off his face in a bunting competition Wednesday morning, the team announced.
He will have further tests on his right eye.
Burnett redirected the pitch, which came at medium speed from a pitching machine, toward his right cheek and eye socket and under the brim of his helmet. The impact made an audible sound as the ball struck his face and drew blood. A trainer stemmed the bleeding with a towel, and Burnett left the field.
The Pirates acquired the right-handed Burnett, 35, from the New York Yankees at the start of spring training for two minor leaguers.
The Pirates pitchers are participating in a bracket-style bunting tournament.
Burnett deflects pitch into right cheek in bunting competition
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Mar 1