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Jays' Burnett likely headed to DL

The Toronto Blue Jays received some bad news Sunday, learning starter A.J. Burnett is likely headed to the disabled list.

The Toronto Blue Jays received some bad news Sunday, learning starter A.J. Burnett is likely headed to the disabled list.

The right-hander left his start last Tuesday in San Francisco with what the team called shoulder fatigue — a problem that persisted into Sunday as he felt stiff and sore when he tried to throw.

The Jays expected Burnett to start next Saturday against the Colorado Rockies in interleague play, but manager John Gibbons dismissed the possibility on Sunday.

"All indications are that it's not," said Gibbons. "He was a little tender so he won't make that one Saturday. We'll probably throw him on the DL. We'll know something Tuesday."

If he does indeed go on the DL, Burnett would be eligible to come off June 28. The Blue Jays would need a starter for next Saturday to replace him.

"He's still feeling it and we're not going to throw him out there if he's still feeling it," Gibbons continued. "We got to get rid of it before he throws anyway."

Burnett had been carrying the workload for the Jays, filling the void left by ace Roy Halladay, who missed three weeks in May with acute appendicitis.

Prior to his last start against the Giants, Burnett threw more than 100 pitches in three straight games.

While Gibbons said he didn't know who would take Burnett's place, the Jays' skip admitted it wouldn't be a pitcherfrom the bullpen.

With files from the Canadian Press