A.J. Burnett continued to show progress as he threw off the mound Tuesday for the first time since taking himself out of a game. Burnett, who experienced scar tissue breaking down in his right elbow on March 18, will appear in the Jays' final spring tune-up April 1 when they play against Triple-A Syracuse.
"He threw 55 pitches at about 80 percent including his breaking ball," pitching coach Brad Arnsberg said. "We hope to give him three innings Saturday."
When the rosters have to be set Saturday, Burnett will be placed on the 15-day disabled list. He will miss at least one start in the regular season.
Burnett will be replaced on the roster by a pitcher, GM J.P. Ricciardi said.
"We've know who it's going to be, but we won't be announcing it until Friday or Saturday," he said.
A good bet would be 28-year-old Brian Tallet, who was acquired over the winter in a trade with Cleveland.
The left-hander has yet to give up an earned run in 11 1/3 innings this spring.
Burnett To Be Placed on Disabled List
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