Hotcorner Posted September 25, 2003 Share Posted September 25, 2003 sort of an odd thought, but for whatever it's worth.... Burnett willing to become closer By Joe Capozzi, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Thursday, September 25, 2003 Marlins starter A.J. Burnett coming back from Tommy John surgery to become Florida's closer next year? "I'd do it in a heartbeat if they asked me,'' Burnett said Wednesday after playing catch at 60 feet for the third time in the past week after undergoing reconstructive elbow surgery in April. "A lot of people have asked me. Some of my teammates, people in stands. 'What if you came back as closer next year?' I wouldn't mind doing that. I'd rather go out there and pitch one through nine, but if they asked me I'd do it.'' Burnett hopes to throw bullpen sessions in January with a goal of being Florida's opening-day starter April 6 against the Montreal Expos. IMO, if Burnett comes back healthy from Tommy John surgery, I want him in the rotation, not as a closer. I have little doubt he'd be a dominant closer, but the starter is more important. One idea though is if he's not ready to start the year & comes back in the middle of the season they could use him in the pen to help him come back slowly. 1 inning every so often maybe... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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