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Eiland jumps in working with Burnett

Eiland jumps in working with Burnett

NEW YORK -- Pitching coach Dave Eiland went right to work with A.J. Burnett on Wednesday. Burnett, who struggled mightily while Eiland was on leave, threw his regular bullpen session before his Friday start against the Blue Jays.

Eiland worked with Burnett on keeping his left side closed and getting "all [his] energy going toward home plate."

"It's not like I gave him anything new today," Eiland said. "[Bullpen coach] Mike Harkey was telling him the same thing."


Burnett's woes began the same day Eiland left the team on June 4 in Toronto. Since then, the right-hander is 0-5 with an 11.35 ERA. Eiland returned from his 25-day absence on Tuesday.