04/21/2006 10:19 PM ET
Burnett exits with elbow injury
Right-hander will leave team to have ailment examined
By Jordan Bastian / MLB.com
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TORONTO -- A.J. Burnett exited Friday's game against Boston after pitching just four innings due to discomfort in his right elbow. The injury is consistent with the one he suffered during a Spring Training start in Florida, and Burnett will head to Birmingham, Ala., where Dr. James Andrews will further evaluate the extent of the ailment.
Burnett winced in discomfort several times in the fourth, beginning with Mike Lowell's at-bat to lead off the inning. Lowell grounded out to second base and Burnett finished the inning. Toronto's right-hander looked to be favoring his right arm after the at-bat against Lowell, though.
Burnett, who signed a five-year, $55 million contract with the Blue Jays this past winter, began this season on the 15-day disabled list with a similar injury to his right elbow.
On March 18, Burnett cut his Spring Training start against Boston short after having scar tissue break off in his elbow. The scar tissue was left over from the elbow ligament replacement surgery that Burnett underwent in 2003, and having it break away from the joint is a common occurance for players who have that type of operation.
On Friday, Burnett (0-1) struck out five and walked one in the four innings he pitched. He allowed three runs on five hits, including consecutive home runs to Boston's David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez in the third inning. Burnett finished with 78 pitches -- 47 for strikes.