Pirates Curse Continues Strong

New Pitcher A. J. Burnett to have facial surgery after bunting accident.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

You know, it's one thing to be unlucky, to sometimes buy the scratch off ticket right before the one that wins $5,000 or to be the 999,999 person to purchase something at a store (lucky 1,000,000 wins a car!) but to be consistently unlucky to the point where anything but would be a comical shock, well, that's stretching it a bit. That's also right where the Pittsburgh Pirates find themselves at.

Considering the Pirates haven’t had a winning season since 1992, you'd think that things would finally start to turn around for them, and while this team does hold promise heading into the season, this is beginning to look like the same old Buccos

During the offseason, the Pirates actually managed to make headlines by acquiring a quality big league veteran pitcher in A.J. Burnett from the New York Yankees. Burnett, who didn't quite live up to standards in the Big Apple, is supposed to be their opening day starter and a sign that the Pirates are committed to turning the corner to winning. And, you never know, Burnett might work out well for Pittsburgh, that is, if the guy can even make it to the start of the season.

In typical Pirates fashion, the Pirates have lost the use of their big league pitcher for an undetermined time after Burnett broke his face during bunting practice.

That's right, he broke his face during bunting practice!

Apparently, Burnett was struck near his right eye by a batted ball Wednesday during a bunt drill. After consulting doctors, Burnett had surgery Friday to repair a broken orbital bone, an injury that typically keeps players out 2 to 4 weeks.

"Without knowing all the details, I'd say he'll probably be out two to four weeks," said Dr. Robert Schwarcz, director of oculoplastic surgery at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. "A lot depends on what (bones) were broken and whether there was any muscle impingement."

Training camp injuries happen, they just do, but this type of injury to a player who has spent the last three years injury free? Well, let's just get it out of the way now and give Mr. Burnett a big welcome to life as a Pittsburgh Pirate player. Normally the pain comes from losing but sometimes, apparently, it can become a little more literal.