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Burnett Will Pitch Despite Hernia

Drew Hallowell/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Philadelphia Philllies pitcher A.J. Burnett will make his scheduled start Wednesday despite being diagnosed with a small inguinal hernia.

Doctors say Burnett will eventually need surgery but the 37-year-old right-hander says he intends to pitch throughout the remainder of the season.

"I'm going to have to deal with it," Burnett told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "Paying attention to it, knowing it's there, knowing what I can do to overdo it and knowing what I can do to keep it where it needs to be. I'm more of a go-getter and I'm not really a take-it-easy kind of guy, so it's going to be a test."

Burnett signed a one-year, $16 million contract with the team in February. He's made three starts this season, pitching 16 innings and compiling a 3.94 ERA, 1.94 WHIP, and 14 strikeouts.

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