Brian Cashman originally reported that A.J. Burnett was lifted from today's 10-5 loss to the Rays in the third inning due to lacerations on his hand that he received after tripping up some stairs.
Burnett later admitted however that he inflicted the wounds himself in a moment of frustration after the second inning.
“I got frustrated today and came in and double-pushed the door and very lightly had a cut on my hand," said a remorseful Burnett.
The laceration came from the plastic slip that holds the lineup cards on the door. When Burnett pushed the door, the laminated sheath cut him above his right wrist.
Burnett revealed that he said he tripped in order to stay in the game and conceal his mental frustrations.
“I didn’t want to come out of the game," he said. "I’m embarrassed. I want to apologize to my teammates and to New York. I’ve been so good at holding my emotions and it’s been a long time since I’ve snapped.”
He said the fib was inappropriate and that his hand is not injured so he will make his start versus the Royals next week.
"I calmed down and realized that’s not appropriate and that’s not the truth and I’m an honest person. People that know me, [know] I’m human. I’m not the first person to snap. I didn’t break anything. I’m going to make my next start.”
Burnett estimated that his last outburst came more than five years ago when he was with the Florida Marlins.
Girardi took Burnett out of the in the third inning, but Burnett said the cut was not affecting his physical abilities. He said the cut had a negative affect on him "upstairs," referring to his mental approach.
Manager Joe Girardi was late to his postgame press conference because of a meeting he had with Burnett about his actions.
Burnett said Girardi told him: “Basically just that I’m needed here and that my teammates need to be thought of and my organization needs to be thought of in this situation. But it was all positive.”