A.J. Burnett was on the phone shortly before 4 p.m. and he was not happy. He had a right not to be happy.

My story questioning Burnett's unavailability for Game 5 last night was wrong. He was unavailable. But not because he wanted to be.

I put two and two together and came up with five. I apologized to Burnett and I'm apologizing to the readers.

Burnett said between expletives "I wanted to pitch in that game. I wanted badly to pitch in that game."
Burnett said when he arrived at Busch Stadium yesterday he told pitching coach Ray Searage: "If I'm going to pitch Game 1 (of the NLCS) I want to do a side session. If I'm not I don't want to. I want to be ready to pitch tonight."

Searage told Burnett that Francisco Liriano would be the pitcher used for a long stretch if the game went extra innings and he should do his side session. With that Burnett did the side session which ruled him out of Game 5.