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Burnett made 61 starts and won 26 games over the past two seasons with the Pirates. After hearing that Burnett chose not to return to Pittsburgh, Martin sent a text message to his former teammate. "I wished him well," Martin said. "I hope he stays healthy and has a good season ... and, hopefully, well meet him in the playoffs and beat him." Many players admitted they were surprised and disappointed about Burnetts departure. Others preferred to look ahead. "Weve got to move on," reliever Mark Melancon said. "You cant live in the past. This is a new year and anything can happen." Even without Burnett, the Pirates have the makings of a solid starting rotation. Left-hander Francisco Liriano, who went 16-8 with a 3.02 ERA, is the likely opening day starter. Gerrit Cole (10-7, 3.22) and Charlie Morton (7-4, 3.26) also return. Wandy Rodriguez missed most of last season due to a sore left forearm. He is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Friday and is expected to be ready for the start of the season. "Physically, hes coming along very well," general manager Neal Huntington said. "Were going to take it slow with him this spring, so hes kind of on a different program than the other guys. But, hes healthy and feels good." New arrival Edinson Volquez, who signed a $5 million deal in December, and Jeff Locke could battle for the No. 5 job. The 26-year-old Locke won eight straight starts in the first half of the season and made the NL All-Star team. However, he went 2-5 with a 6.12 ERA over his final 12 starts and was shut down in September. "Making the playoffs last year meant a lot to us," Locke said. "The fans in Pittsburgh and the rest of the baseball world hadnt seen it in a while, but I know the 25 guys in our clubhouse knew it was something we could do. Were not under anybodys radar anymore, but I think the 25 guys this year will be up to the challenge." 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He is 5-5 with a 2.79 ERA for the defending NL champions. Garcia has re-aggravated his surgically repaired left shoulder. He is 3-1 with a 4.12 ERA. St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak said it was too early to determine when the players will return. He said the team was aware of Garcias soreness, but the Wacha ailment took him by surprise. "This was a little shocking to all of us," Mozeliak said. "In terms of how long hes going to be out, I dont know that. Were going to give him a couple weeks and see how he is and then re-evaluate. Tanner Glass Jersey. " Wacha said he has not felt right the last couple starts. "Its just tightness, it just takes a little bit longer to warm up," Wacha said. "Its a little discomfort, something Im not used to." Garcia missed all but nine starts last season and underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum. He could be forced to undergo a third surgery. Wacha was the MVP of the NL championship series as a rookie last season throwing 13 2-3 shutout innings against Los Angeles. Garcia went 26-15 between 2010 and 2011 before suffering shoulder injuries the next two seasons. Mozeliak indicated that Carlos Martinez will likely remain in the starting rotation. Martinez went five innings and picked up the win in Sundays 4-1 victory. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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