Dsc01539_3DUNEDIN, Fla. — So there it was in all it’s glory. A.J. Burnett showed us all his lack of fingernail today, and boy it shined with all that nail polish — coated on after advice from his mom and wife.

Burnett said he’s taking Biotin, which helps strengthen nails and hair, to try to help speed up the growing process. The nail on his index finger, which he lopped off with his car door in November, is too short for a false nail. As recently as yesterday, he was visiting a nail salon to pick up some products.

The problem is that in order to throw his curve, Burnett digs his fingernail in the seams of the baseball. Blue Jays pitching coach Brad Arnsberg said on Sunday that Burnett would probably be able to throw the hook in 10-14 days, but Burnett sounded a little worried it might take longer.

"This is worrying more in the long run than it is right now, because I didn’t even throw curveballs until my third or fourth start last spring anyway. … I’m worried about April and May, if it’s going to be there by then. But I’m putting every nail thing I can on it."

Even nail polish.

Today’s lineups:

CLEVELAND (2-1-1) at TORONTO (1-3-0)
at Knology Park at 1:05 p.m. ET

Josh Barfield, 2B
Jamey Carroll, SS
David Dellucci, LF
Ryan Garko, 1B
Ben Francisco, RF
Andy Marte, DH
Danny Sandoval, 3B
Trevor Crowe, CF
Yamid Haad, C

PITCHING: RHP Fausto Carmona

Shannon Stewart, LF
Marco Scutaro, SS
Alex Rios, RF
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Rod Barajas, C
Travis Snider, DH
Buck Coats, CF
Sergio Santos, 3B
Joe Inglett, 2B

PITCHING: RHP Shaun Marcum

Also, I’m growing more and more convinced that I shouldn’t watch any Michigan State Spartans games during the NCAA tourney. Every time I’ve watched my alma mater, they’ve been creamed this year. I don’t watch yesterday, and they blow out Indiana. Way to go, but go figure.


Curious, stats say JMacD had 2 at bats but in write-up no comment about 2-2 with run scored. Big J-Mac fan. Should have had at least as much press as others. Hope it was just an oversite!! Also know it had nothing to do with you, but have to ask someone. Thanks. Just curious!!

Next week we could very well be talking about Burnett missing his scheduled start because he had to get a bikini wax. Ohhh A.J.! just spare us the details…

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