New Pirate Burnett out 2 to 3 months

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Newly acquired Pitts­burgh pitcher A.J. Burnett is expected to miss two to three months while recovering from surgery for a facial fracture, forcing the Pirates to rearrange plans for Opening Day.


The Pi­rates had hoped Burnett would be able to start April 5 in the opener at home against Phila­delphia. Pittsburgh got the 35-year-old righty Feb. 19 from the New York Yankees in a trade for two minor leaguers and cash.

Burnett had surgery Friday in Pittsburgh for a broken orbital bone near his right eye. He was injured when he fouled a ball off his face Wednesday during a bunting drill.

The Pirates said the injury didn’t affect Burnett’s vision and that there was no impingement to the muscles and nerves around his eye.

RAYS: The team is being cautious with Evan Longoria after the slugger was hit on his right hand by a pitch during an intrasquad game.

Longoria was injured Thurs­day. X-rays of his bruised hand were negative, but he won’t be in the lineup for the Rays’ spring opener against the Minnesota Twins today.

“This isn’t something that I would anticipate keeps me out for longer than a couple of days,” Longoria said Friday.

Manager Joe Maddon said Longoria likely will play Mon­day against the Orioles.

RED SOX: David Ortiz seemed as surprised as anybody when he found out he would be starting at first base tonight.

“I am?” the slugger asked Friday.

New manager Bobby Val­en­tine wants to see how Ortiz looks in the field and plans to get an early gauge. Boston begins exhibition play with a college doubleheader.

INDIANS: Justin Masterson will start Cleveland’s opener April 5 against Toronto, a reward for the right-hander who was the one pitcher manager Manny Acta knew he could count on last year.

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