For how things have transpired so far this year for the Philadelphia Phillies, an injury to an important player seemed to be in the cards. That player happened to be starting pitcher A.J. Burnett.
Friday night was yet another lengthy outing for the veteran right-hander. During the Phillies’ 6-3 win over the Miami Marlins, Burnett threw 106 pitches in less than five full innings of work. His command wasn’t sharp either, as only 54 of his pitches went for strikes. For the second try in as many times, Burnett failed to finish an inning that he started.
Burnett was pulled with one out in the fifth inning after suffering a groin injury. For Philadelphia’s $16 million man, a trip to the disabled list could be very costly right now.
Burnett would become the third Phillies starting pitcher currently on the disabled list, if that’s what ends up happening. Cole Hamels is currently trying to return from shoulder discomfort, while prized Cuban defector Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is dealing with some shoulder issues of his own.
The fortunate thing for the Phillies right now is that Burnett’s injury isn’t related to his throwing arm. The 37-year-old has a history of elbow problems, so there should be some relief in knowing that’s not the case right now. It’s hard to find a silver lining when it comes to a player getting hurt, but this is as close as it gets.
The Phillies need Burnett to return from his latest hiccup as soon as possible. With an offense prone to struggling and the injuries the team already had, Philadelphia needs all the help it can get right now.