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Report: Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett to start on Sunday

Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett is scheduled to come off the DL and  start Sunday (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) Pirates ace A.J. Burnett is scheduled to come off the DL and start Sunday. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett will return to the rotation on Sunday to pitch against the Chicago Cubsaccording to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Burnett, 36, has been on the disabled list since suffering a Grade 1 tear in his right calf last month. He threw a bullpen session to test the calf on Thursday. Burnett did not make any minor league rehab starts.

Burnett was 4-6 with a 3.12 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 14 starts before the injury. His strikeout rate (9.96 K/9) is the fifth-highest in baseball.

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Right-hander Jeanmar Gomez was scheduled to start Sunday and may go back to the bullpen.

The Pirates have the best record in baseball and lead the St. Louis Cardinals by two games in the National League Central race entering this weekend's action.

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