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A.J. Burnett: Modern Medical Miracle

Yankees starter A. J. Burnett was removed in the third inning of what would be a 10-5 Rays victory because of what was described at the time as "lacerations on his throwing hand". We now know the cause of those lacerations was a good-old fashioned clubhouse tantrum, cutting his hands on some doors that needed slamming.


What isn't old-fashioned is the way it was determined that the cuts are merely superficial and shouldn't keep Burnett from making his next start: apparently, Burnett was observed sending text messages, so everything with A.J. is a-ok.


Gone are the olden days when a pitcher would get injured, put some ice on it, wait for it to heal, do a little soft tossing under the scrutiny of the manager, the trainer and the team physician and then maybe wait a day or two before making a decision.


Now, just have him fire off a couple of LOLZ to his BFFs and OMG, he's good to go!

Photographs by, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.