Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 4/21/12

In a surprise move this afternoon, the Pirates announced that A.J. Burnett will start tonight in place of Kevin Correia, who will sit out with discomfort in his left side.

Burnett was supposed to make his final rehab start tonight for Double-A Altoona. His previous two rehab starts both went very poorly, but this is exciting nonetheless.

Correia says he “feels fine” and isn’t starting tonight “as a precaution,” so it doesn’t sound like he’s headed to the DL. He could start on Monday against the Rockies.

Jared Hughes was optioned to AAA to make room for Burnett, which might explain why Clint Hurdle let him pitch three innings last night.

Burnett vs. Cardinals:

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Rafael Furcal 37 32 11 0 0 0 1 3 5 .344 .417 .344 .760 Carlos Beltran 23 21 6 0 0 0 3 2 4 .286 .348 .286 .634 Yadier Molina 6 5 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 .200 .333 .200 .533 Matt Holliday 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 Total 69 61 18 0 0 0 5 6 13 .295 .368 .295 .663 Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 4/21/2012.

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