A.J. Burnett said he apologized to his teammates as a group this morning on the heels of Saturday’s outburst. Burnett said after yesterday’s 10-5 loss to the Rays that he would explain to teammates how he suffered lacerations on his hands and apologize that he had not been able to show restraint.
Burnett would not say what he told the team, only that the incident was now in the past.
“That’s between us,” he said. “But it’s all in the past. It’s over. I learned from it and hopefully everybody else learned from it when it comes to emotions. It was good.”
Even before Burnett spoke this morning, Derek Jeter had said the situation was over with because Burnett had already addressed it. He said the topic did not need to be discussed with reporters again because Burnett had already given his public apology. The rest was between the pitcher and his teammates.
“It’s over with. Anything else with the media in terms of that is over with,” Jeter said. “You don’t have to do everything through the media. He’s already addressed it and he doesn’t have to address it again.”
Burnett also played long toss, throwing at about a distance of 100 feet. He felt fine and expects to throw his bullpen as scheduled on Tuesday.
“Everything was good,” he said. “I figured it would be, so I’ll go as scheduled.”
Burnett wore the bandage on his right palm. It had no ill-effects on his ability to throw.
“I threw the same. I threw just as hard, threw just as long,” he said. “I didn’t baby it or do anything different.”
With the off-day tomorrow, Burnett would be scheduled to start at home Friday night against Kansas City.