Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett will make a rehab start for the Curve on Saturday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field.
Burnett, coming back from an eye injury suffered during spring training, will take the mound for the 6 p.m. game against Richmond. The right-hander will be making his fourth rehab start, then is expected to rejoin the Pirates for his next appearance.
Burnett, the Bucs' biggest offseason addition, injured himself when he bunted a ball off his right eye during batting practice in spring training. The 35-year-old veteran has come back quicker than expected, although he has struggled mightily in two of his three minor league rehab starts.
Burnett gave up just one run on two hits for high-A Bradenton on April 6, but he was blistered for eight runs - five earned - on five hits in 1 2/3 innings five days later.
Burnett started for Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday and again had his problems. He allowed five runs on seven hits, including two home runs, in four innings against Toledo. Former Curve slugger Brad Eldred hit a solo homer off him in the first inning.
- Cory Giger