Pirates starter A.J. Burnett was diagnosed with an orbital fracture in his right eye today and will have surgery Friday, the team announced.
Burnett fouled a ball into his face Wednesday morning during a bunting competition and returned to Pittsburgh for evaluation Wednesday evening. He stayed in the batter's box after the ball, which came at moderate speed from a pitching machine, struck his face, and left the field as a trainer used a towel to stanch bleeding.
No information was given regarding the severity of the fracture, the nature of the surgery or the estimated recovery time.
Pirates pitcher Burnett has broken orbital bone
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Mar 1