Starter A.J. Burnett will miss two to three months while recovering from surgery to repair a broken orbital bone beneath his right eye, the Pirates announced Friday.

Dr. Randall Beatty performed the surgery Friday at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Burnett must first recover from the surgery, general manager Neal Huntington said. Once he does, the Pirates will work him into shape before putting him through a full-length simulated spring training.

"Everything went well with the surgery in terms of what we expected, what we saw, what we found," Huntington said. "We're looking forward to getting him going, getting the swelling out of there. He's got a pretty good shiner right now, but he's in good spirits and ready to go."

The two- to three-month timetable indicates a potential return in May or June.

"They'll take as long as they take," Huntington said of the steps to recovery. "He wants to get back out there. He's hungry, he's angry, he's disappointed, he's frustrated and he's ready to go."

Burnett fouled a ball off his eye socket in a bunting competition Wednesday. Huntington said the initial diagnosis indicated the possibility of a fracture, so the team flew him to Pittsburgh Wednesday for further evaluation. He was examined Thursday and found to have the fracture.