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Burnett, who will need hernia surgery sometime after the season, hinted after Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Padres that more health problems have compromised him.

"If I can lift my arm up at the end of the season then I might pitch," Burnett said. "We'll see how it goes."

Burnett has thrown 202 2/3 innings this season, his most since 2009. How does he feel now?

"Horse[bleep]," Burnett said.

Burnett said he has not been himself all season. "But I pitched the best I could," he said. He signed with the Phillies because he believed they offered him a chance at a championship.

"I expected a lot of things to be different," Burnett said. "A lot."

Like what?

"I told you we'll discuss that when the time comes," Burnett said.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Phillies?src=hash">#Phillies</a> just announced that A.J. Burnett declined his $12.75-million player option. Surprising. Could have made $14.5M with incenties</p>— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) <a href="

">November 4, 2014</a></blockquote>

<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>A.J. Burnett’s agent, Darek Braunecker: “We do expect that he will pitch in ’15. For a contender.”</p>— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) <a href="

">November 4, 2014</a></blockquote>

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It's strange reading all of the responses here and thinking that somehow Jimenez is the better choice going forward. I mean, in what world is one bad year of AJ equal to that of one of Ubaldo and quite possibly three more? Burnett wasn't quite as bad as in the second half of last year either. I would have loved to have been in the position the Phillies were a few days ago when AJ waved goodbye.

We won't be quite as lucky with Ubaldo unless he turns it around. I don't care so much about the negotiations and the reasons why. These guys, most of them, all want to get paid and have their reasons why or why not. I stopped a long time ago thinking they were heroic people.

I'd rather know that for the mid market team I like, one guy's contract won't be a hindrance in the future.

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