The Pirates added starting pitchers in the offseason to strengthen the rotation and eliminate the possibility of another second-half decline, but also to protect against injury.
Their marquee acquisition fell victim to the very event from which they sought insurance.
Starter A.J. Burnett was diagnosed with an orbital fracture near his right eye Thursday and will have surgery today in Pittsburgh, the team announced.
Pirates' Burnett faces surgery today
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Mar 2