The key digit in Burnett's line
The first wrinkle of spring. After all the feel good stuff about B.J. Ryan's quicker than anticipated recovery and the addition of character and class through Scott Rolen and David Eckstein, we have some clouds gathering, well, over there.
After today's game, A.J. Burnett was a little too surly for this time of year. They keep telling us this stuff doesn't matter yet, right? Then he up and left before the post-game picnic for season ticket holders. Can't tell if he came back.
The first word out of his mouth after his two-inning, two-run appearance was 'Healthy'. You know what that means.
Pitching coach Brad Arnsberg revealed that Burnett hasn't thrown a single curveball this spring because of a fingernail issue. Apparently, Burnett lopped the top off the nail on his index finger by catching it in a closing car door. "Can't they get this guy keyless entry?" the Globe's MacLeod quips. Heeeey-O!
Even a manicurist couldn't fix what fifty pounds of steel broke.
That means no spike curves for at least two more weeks. Plus the change-up is thusfar a 'non-factor' Arnsberg judged.