Phillies starter A.J. Burnett, whom the team acquired just prior to the start of the 2014 season, has been on a pretty brutal stretch as of late. Since the All-Star Break, the right-hander is winless in seven starts and on a personal five-game losing skid. Some wonder as to whether the hernia suffered by the 37-year-old earlier this season is to blame or perhaps just the years finally getting the best of the veteran arm.
Following last night’s loss to the Mariners, where Burnett surrendered five earned runs, extended his major league lead in walks, and was the latest starter to walk off the mound with somewhat of an icy exchange (or lack there of) with manager Ryne Sandberg, Burnett provided some candid insight as to his future in Philadelphia. Let’s just say whoever is general manager for the 2015 version of the Phillies had better bring in some arms to flesh out a razor-thin pitching rotation. Video courtesy of CSNPhilly.com.
Burnett is signed through the end of the 2014 season and has a mutual option for 2015. If you recall, the acquisition of the righty came on the heels of Cole Hamels‘s preseason injury scare. Given the Phillies prospects for 2015 and beyond, it’s understandable to not include Burnett in the equation for next season. He delivered some inspired performances during the first half of the 2014 campaign, but his age and mileage are as evident as ever. Just another member of the 2014 Phillies whose game fell off a cliff just before the trade deadline.