Burnett leaves game with ‘lacerations’ on his throwing hand


Update(8:13pm): Burnett lied to Joe Girardi and Co. earlier; he cut his hand when he slammed it on a door. That can’t happen; he has to show some self-control. I know he’s frustrated — we’re all frustrated with his recent pitching — but that kind of behavior is selfish and inexcusable. At least Kevin Brown had the sense to use his left hand.

(6:31pm): A.J. Burnett left this afternoon’s game in the middle of the bottom of the third inning with what manager Joe Girardi later said were “lacerations on his right hand.” The Yanks’ skipper didn’t know when Burnett hurt his hand, but Kim Jones reports that Brian Cashman said Burnett tripped going up some stairs and scraped his hand. The injury to the Yanks’ right-hander appeared to impact his curve ball command. Dustin Moseley entered the game to relieve Burnett, and A.J. is, for now, day to day.

Categories : Asides, Injuries


  1. Bryan says:

    I’m calling bluff on this, nothing is wrong with Burnett.

  2. Craig says:

    Ill say blister/broken nail

  3. Brian says:

    Bruised Ego?

  4. Craig says:

    I bet he broke his nail on the drippler back to the mound that he misplayed

  5. vin says:

    I don’t get the game out here… did Monohan/Donahue come out to the mound, or did it look more like a typical pitching change?

    • Marcos says:

      Geno and Joe came out to the mound and informed the ump it was an injury visit. Seems strange to me though because Moseley was warming up in a hurry during the second inning, but then he sat down and AJ came out for the third only to have this happen shortly after.

  6. Tom Zig says:

    Maybe Girardi was tired of the bullshit starts.

  7. Andrew says:

    Whiplash, from months of watching the lasers he’s given up leave the infield.

  8. Andrew518 says:

    It must be exhausting knowing as much as McCarver. Clearly this is a result of putting the pie in Swisher’s face. I’ve got a great new game…it’s called jump to conclusions.

  9. j_Yankees says:

    Odds he did it punching a wall?

  10. Tom Merritt says:

    I hate this guy and am sick of seeing his sorry performances. I wish the Yankess would get rid of him by any means possible. All of you jumped on me when I said a few weeks ago he should go to Seattle with a blank check for Cliff Lee.

    • Zack says:

      And that’s still not a plausible trade.

    • All of you jumped on me when I said a few weeks ago he should go to Seattle with a blank check for Cliff Lee.

      We didn’t jump on you because AJ Burnett isn’t a huge questionmark (he is) or because Cliff Lee wasn’t a dynamite upgrade (he was).

      We jumped on you because your idea that we could get Cliff Lee for a package built around A.J. Burnett was horrendously fucking stupid.

      (Profanity added for emphasis.)

    • Mattchu12 says:

      I think we’d all make that trade. And I think we’d all prefer to swap Burnett for Vazquez in all the subsequent rumors about trading Javy appeared. It’s just that if we don’t want Burnett, why would anyone else want Burnett?

      • Zack says:

        It’s not just he’s suggesting that the basically eat 60m just to get rid of him. Which is stupid, is he inconsistent? Yes. Is he Dontrelle Willis or Oliver Perez? No

        • Mattchu12 says:


          When AJ Burnett is on, he is among the best pitchers in baseball. I am fully committed to work this thing out and getting the pitcher we paid for. Unlike Perez and Willis, I think it’s completely achievable to get really good results out of AJ.

          I know I said that I’d be fine making “that trade”, but I meant trading Burnett for Lee in the rotation, not making a trade where we eat Burnett’s contract to get rid of him. That would be totally insane.

  11. Nick DiCo says:

    This might be a serious sign of things to come sooner than expected with AJ. Just watching him say NOTHING when he was taken out shows that he’s got no confidence in himself, and probably believes his team has none in him. Unless its shoving pie in someone’s face.

    Who would have thought last year that the players bringing the “fun” character to the team, AJ and Swisher, that we would be ready to dump AJ at first chance?

    Joe has got to sit him down, or someone has to, and find out what is going on behind his self-destructing season.

  12. mike c says:

    rally with 4 runs, lose by 2

  13. Nick DiCo says:

    Yes its amateur, since I’m not a doctor on the mind. However, if you’re part of this species for a while, I’m pretty sure you can read body language and be right more than 50% of the time.

    But hey, offer more constructive things about this game or AJ why don’t ya? The charming personality is SO refreshing on the internet. No really.

  14. Chris0313 says:

    So now he lied? Douchebag.

  15. What’s even worse, he lost half a tattoo in the incident.

    Now the tattoo on his hand that says “In God’s hands” now says “Inshands” which just looks silly.

  16. Rivera Venue Blues says:

    This might be a serious sign of AJ Burnett beginning to take a more introspective approach to pitching. Just watching him say NOTHING when he was taken out shows that he’s beginning to hold himself accountable instead of blaming Posada, the pitching coach, or anyone else for his inability to locate the ball, and probably sees that the team would be better off without him scowling everytime he gets taken out for his inability to get it together. He’s clearly striving to be a good teammate and it’s good to see that he’s still able to enjoy the team’s success by shoving a pie in someone’s face.

    Sincerely, an amateur body-language interpreter.

    (Sorry for being so snarky, just in a pissy mood today.)

    • bexarama says:

      There’s a lot to criticize Burnett for but Burnett never, ever criticized Posada, the pitching coach, etc. He always blamed himself. To the media, anyway.

      • Rivera Venue Blues says:

        None of that was serious, it was meant to be a reply above. But while Burnett never blamed anyone for his bad stretches last year, he didn’t exactly adamantly defend Posada when the media was running away with the whole, “Jorge can’t handle a staff” storyline. Either way, I don’t think anything I said in the post seriously, I’m just angry after listening to McCarver for a whole terrible game.

        • bexarama says:

          Ooof, sorry, that went over my head because I’m wiped out. I was at the game and it was interminable, I can’t even imagine listening on FOX.

      • Mike HC says:

        I know many people disagreed with me, but I am still convinced that he was throwing Posada under the bus last year, when he threw a mini fit on the mound and mouthed something like “why would we throw that,” after giving up a homerun.

        • Zack says:

          If you watched every pitcher close enough they probably do the same thing after. IMO.

          • Mister Delaware says:

            Not to mention Burnett is one of the most painfully honest pitchers most of us have ever watched when it comes to self-assessment. He’s so quick to point at himself that if he were pointing at someone else, I’d tend to believe him. (And I’m pretty certain the lip-reading in Boston came out to “Why would *I* throw that”. Not that it couldn’t be a critique on Posada if phrased that way, but its far from an implied “Why would he call that”. AJ = Accountable Jpitcher.)

    • Poopy Pants says:

      Nope. He did blame others. He said too many people were telling him too many different things.

      • Mister Delaware says:

        He didn’t say Harkey fucked me up or Pena fucked me up or Girardi fucked me up or everyone needs to back off, he said he listened to too many different people. That’s not blame, its a simple statement of process, further admission that he against let it become mental. You can state facts without making excuses.

    • Nick DiCo says:

      Lol. I can definitely subscribe to that idea. No offense to any snark. To me it seemed like the whole hand injury was a faint but in light of what the truth is, you make a good point. It is always good to see players take responsibilty for things.

      I’m frustrated as he’ll when things like this go down. But come on were 23 games over .500 right? Skys not falling yet!

  17. mike c says:

    unacceptable, the boss would have been pissed

  18. Mike HC says:

    This is not really that surprising. It is all mental with AJ and he admits as much. Hopefully this was the rock bottom of his season, and things start to trend back up. He didn’t break anything or do any permanent damage, so there is that at least.

  19. Chris0313 says:

    What’s so mentally taxing about getting paid millions of dollars play baseball games for the best team in the major leagues?

    • Mike HC says:

      How about failing in front of around 50,000 thousand fans live and millions watching nationally at home.

    • whozat says:

      The 50,000 people booing you when you screw up? TV shows filled with armchair psychologists opining on your mental fortitude or lack thereof? Feeling like your body just won’t do what you want it to no matter how hard you try, and the harder you try the worse it gets? Being frustrated when you constantly let down people who depend on you, no matter how badly you want to STOP screwing up and be able to answer the bell when they need you?

      I’m not saying it’s not awesome to get paid millions to play a game for a living, but let’s not act like it’s impossible to imagine why it might be mentally taxing.

    • Rivera Venue Blues says:

      Because the best team in the major leagues demands nothing but the best results? The getting paid millions of dollars sets a level of performance that’s gotta be higher than most other players?

      Sure, spending the money can’t be mentally taxing but actually doing your job could be mentally taxing just like managing a huge hedge fund would probably be.

    • Chris0313 says:

      Man up.

      • bexarama says:

        You do it, if it’s so easy, apparently.

      • whozat says:

        Incisive analysis.

        No one said that these considerations make it OK for AJ to suck as hard as he’s sucking. All we said was that it’s disingenuous to act like you can’t imagine why it might be mentally tough.

        You want me to come to your job with 50,000 crabby New Yorkers and boo when you screw up and tell you to “man up” when you get pissed off at us for getting on you all day?

        • Chris0313 says:

          New Yorkers frequently come into my job and tell me how much I suck. It doesn’t change my performance.

          (I’m a lawyer by the way)

          • whozat says:

            You’re not stupid enough to not understand the point we’re all making, which means you’re just deliberately being obtuse.


            • Chris0313 says:

              What is mentally taxing about getting paid millions of dollars by the New York Yankees?

              You all proffered a similar response (fans picking on said player), and I responded with “man up”.

              My response is warranted.

          • Mister Delaware says:

            “Your honor, he did not man up. We expected him to man up and he did not. I expect you’ll do the right thing. You, sir, will man up.”

      • Rivera Venue Blues says:

        Just cause the reward for the job is so incredibly high (the money, the fame, the fun aspects) doesn’t mean that the job is without stress. No one’s trying to make excuses for Burnett here but if you can’t understand what part of his job is mentally taxing, it’s probably a good thing you’re not him.

        • Chris0313 says:

          Stress is a part of everyone’s job. Reacting the way he did is inexcusable.

          • Mike Axisa says:

            No one is saying he was right to respond the way he did. Your original comment suggested that there’s no stress in making gobs of money and pitching for the Yankees, which is very much wrong.

            • Chris0313 says:

              There is a difference between stress and mental taxation. Mental taxation implies something beyond stress, something that pushes someone to do what A.J. Burnett did.

              There is stress in making gobs of money and pitching for the Yankees. I never denied that. Everyone deals with stress. I deal with stress. Burnett is painted as a mental case whose performance is caused by the grind of a mentally taxing profession. False.

              Man up.

  20. Frigidevil says:

    Sure this is frustrating, but I think it’s nice that he’s gone from going on the DL for every little scratch and bruise on Toronto to trying to play through stupid little injuries. Doesn’t excuse this incident, but I’d rather have someone willing to play through pain than someone who backs off from bruising his ego.

  21. Chris says:

    Here’s what I don’t get. People fall in love with Paul O’Neill because he would kick and punch things whenever he made an out. AJ does the same thing and people call him stupid, immature, and are sick of him. The only difference as far as I can see is that O’Neill has more rings and AJ happened to cut his hand when he got pissed.

    • Andy_C_23 says:

      O’Neill would hit water coolers WITH A BAT. He never injured himself with his tantrums. There’s the rub.

      • Mister Delaware says:

        O’Neill certainly did not do all of his damage with his bat. He did never injure himself. Process was the same, results were different. We’re progressive here, we judge the process independent of results, no?

        (Unbashed lover of both for probably the same basic reason.)

        • Andy_C_23 says:

          Weren’t most of O’Neill’s attacks done via bat? Maybe not, I could be wrong.

          Either way, I too am an unabashed lover of both players. AJ was huge in the playoffs last year and I’m not going to let a stupid incident ruin my impression of him. It was dumb but who hasn’t done stupid shit?

          • Mister Delaware says:

            I think all of his awesome ones were bat related, but he definitely flipped out at times without the bat. Besides, if AJ really did a 2 handed slap that ended up with a plastic cut, that’s more of a freak accident than anything. Paulie could have much more easily broken his hand using a bat.

            (Moral: Shit happens. Guys get mad. If it was some weird open-handed slap and not a punch, I’m not going to care. A punch is different, that’s begging for an injury.)

  22. jon g says:

    I have to think that’s a strike against burnett as a yankee and if he pulls anything like this again, they take steps to part ways. To do this against your top division opponent is just inexcusable. I’m guessing he has been warned as such.

  23. Dan R says:

    A.J. Burnett W 7, L 8, ERA 4.99, Complete games 0

    Carl Pavano W 11, L 6 ERA 3.48, Complete games 4

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