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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Phillies Injury Update: A.J. Burnett to have surgery on hernia next week

By on 9/28/2014 11:00:00 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies enter the final game of the 2014 season with a record of 73-88, last in the National League Central. They are coming off a 4-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves in which pitcher A.J. Burnett lost his 18th game of the season, most in the Major Leagues. Having been bothered with a inguinal hernia all season, Burnett will have surgery to repair the hernia next week.

As reported by Todd Zolecki of, Burnett looks back and wishes he'd have taken care of the hernia earlier in the season, because it's bothered him all year. Following surgery next week, Burnett will need two to three weeks of rehab. Then he must decide if he wants to pitch next season and he has many things to consider.
"There are too many things to name right now. Off the bat, my family. It's ultimately going to come down to me. I had the same thoughts last year. Then I woke up and I wanted to compete. So I can't just shut that down if it's still there. But then again, my youngins, they have a say in it."
Burnett appears to be leaning towards coming back next season, as he mentioned last week in San Diego that he would pitch next season as long as he can lift his arm over his head.

Burnett, a 16-year Major League veteran, finished the 2014 season with a record of 8-18 and an ERA of 4.59. He allowed 205 hits and walked 96 in 213 2/3 innings, while striking out 190.  Burnett has pitched for the Marlins, Blue Jays, Yankees, Pirates and Phillies and has a career record of 155-150 with an ERA of 4.04.

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