Pirates starter A.J. Burnett was scheduled to return to Pittsburgh tonight after fouling a ball off his right eye during a bunting competition this morning, the team announced.
Burnett will have further examinations on his right eye.
Burnett redirected the pitch, which came at medium speed from a pitching machine, toward his right eye socket and under the brim of his helmet. The ball made an audible sound as it struck his face and drew blood. A trainer stemmed the bleeding with a towel and Burnett left the field.
Burnett was scheduled to throw a bullpen session Thursday.
The Pirates acquired the right-handed Burnett, 35, from the New York Yankees at the start of spring training for two minor leaguers.
The Pirates pitchers are participating in a bracket-style bunting tournament.
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