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A.J. Burnett returns to spring training

Updated: March 10, 2012, 3:27 PM ET
Associated Press

BRADENTON, Fla. -- 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 first few (throws) ...

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