PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) — Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage talked to The Fan Morning Show live from the team’s voluntary workouts in Bradenton, Fla. Thursday to talk about the team’s preparation for the 2014 season.
During the interview, he said he doesn’t expect A.J. Burnett to return to the Pirates.
“I’m on that percentage point where he’s not going to come back,” Searage said. “I’ve got to prepare the pitching with no A.J, so that’s the route I’m going right now. If he does come back, alright. But right now, I’m leaning that way, where he’s going to retire.”
He explained that there isn’t any information on Burnett’s decision yet, though.
“There isn’t any information on A.J.,” Searage added. “We’re still waiting.”
Searage’s comments on Burnett can be heard here: