Burnett returns to Pirates camp after injury

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BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett returned to spring training camp on Saturday, eight days after having surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone.

Burnett has been cleared to resume workouts as part of a return-to-pitch progression. He rode an exercise bike and played catch for 50 throws in the bullpen.

Burnett said the Pirates will take a conservative approach to his rehab. He is expected to be out two to three months.

The Pirates acquired Burnett on the first day of spring training in a three-player trade with the New York Yankees. He was injured Feb. 29 when he fouled a ball off his right eye during a bunting drill.

Burnett had surgery March 2 at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.