Following the Phillies loss on Saturday night, starting pitcher A.J. Burnett told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com he would be undergoing surgery next week to repair an inguinal hernia which he has been pitching through since April. Burnett said he will take time this offseason to determine whether or not he plans to pitch next season or not.
Back in August Burnett told reporters following one of his starts that he would "probably not" pitch in 2015.
Burnett, 37, went 8-18 with a 4.59 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP with one complete game in 34 starts for the Phillies. His 18 losses were a career-high surpassing his previous career-high of 15 losses set in 2010 with the Yankees. Burnett became the first Phillies pitcher to record 18 losses in a single season since Steve Carlton recorded 20 losses way back in 1973.
If Burnett chooses to pick up his player option for 2015, it will be worth $12.75 million
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