Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Burnett to make Phils debut vs. Pirates

The pitching schedule for the first week of Grapefuit League games was unveiled Monday morning. Among notable matchups: A.J. Burnett will make spring debut vs. the Pirates on Sunday.

Burnett to make Phils debut vs. Pirates

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On Sunday afternoon, A.J. Burnett finished his workout with the Phillies and boarded a plane. He had an important place to be.

Burnett's 12-year-old son was playing in an elimination playoff game. The pitcher had co-coached the basketball team all winter and made sure he returned to the bench to help the team.

The team won, surviving for another day. 

"They've got another game on Tuesday, though," Burnett said, motioning to fellow pitcher Cliff Lee. "I'm not sure I'm going to be able to make that one."

After hanging out with his family for a little bit after the game, Burnett was back in the air. His plane landed in Florida at 1:30 a.m. Monday morning.

Baseball is back in session and Burnett will take the mound in a Phillies uniform for the first time this weekend. He is making his spring debut vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday at Bright House Field in Clearwater. 

Burnett pitched for the Pirates in each of the last two seasons, but chose to leave the team for Philadelphia this winter. Philadelphia is closer to his family's home in Maryland.

Here is the entire pitching schedule for the first week of games in Florida:

 

TUESDAY - INTRASQUAD

Jesse Biddle

Ethan Martin

David Buchanan

Luis Garcia

Jeremy Horst

Cesar Jimenez

Shawn Camp

Kenny Giles

 

 

WEDNESDAY vs. BLUE JAYS

Roberto Hernandez

Jeff Manship

Antonio Bastardo

Brad Lincoln

Jake Diekman

Kevin Munson

Phillippe Aumont

 

 

THURSDAY at BLUE JAYS

Cliff Lee

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

B.J. Rosenberg

Mario Hollands

Mike Stutes

 

 

FRIDAY vs. TIGERS

Kyle Kendrick

Sean O’Sullivan

Justin De Fratus

Phillippe Aumont

Luis Garcia

Cesar Jimenez

 

 

SATURDAY at YANKEES

Ethan Martin

David Buchanan

Kevin Munson

Jeremy Horst

Shawn Camp

Kenny Giles

 

 

SUNDAY vs. PIRATES

 A.J. Burnett

Jesse Biddle

Jonathan Papelbon

Antonio Bastardo

Brad Lincoln

Jake Diekman

 

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