Phillies ink Burnett, get bad news on Hamels

Phillies ink Burnett, get bad news on Hamels
February 12, 2014, 11:30 am
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A.J. Burnett's one-year deal with the Phillies reportedly is worth $16 million. (AP)

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PHILADELPHIA -- A person familiar with the deal says A.J. Burnett has agreed to a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the Phillies haven't made an official announcement. The move comes on the day ace Cole Hamels says he won't be ready opening day because of left biceps tendinitis.

Burnett's deal reportedly is worth $16 million. If Hamels is healthy, he gives the Phillies a formidable top three along with Cliff Lee.

Hamels, who pitched the Phillies' first game last season, said he no longer is feeling any pain or discomfort, but is "eight to 10 days" behind the rest of the pitchers in camp. Phillies pitchers and catchers reported to camp on Wednesday; they hold their first official workout on Thursday.

Hamels initially said he felt discomfort in the shoulder, but the injury was diagnosed as biceps tendinitis. He called the ailment a "kink in the system" after he rebooted his throwing program in mid-to-late November.

"It was cranking back up on top of the weight lifting I was doing," Hamels said. "I think it was just getting into the exercises too fast, too soon."

Hamels is hoping to throw his first bullpen session in the next eight to 10 days.

Burnett was 10-11 with a 3.30 ERA for Pittsburgh last season. The 37-year-old right-hander is 147-132 with a 3.99 ERA in 15 seasons. He helped the New York Yankees beat the Phillies in the 2009 World Series, winning Game 2 of the six-game series.

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