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MIAMI (AP) _ Florida Marlins right-hander A.J. Burnett, who leads the majors with five shutouts and tops the NL with seven complete games, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with an elbow bruise that could end his season.

X-rays showed an acute bone bruise in Burnett's pitching elbow, and an MRI confirmed that diagnosis. With the team out of the playoff race, he won't be rushed back into the rotation.

``We would never do anything to hurt him,'' manager Jeff Torborg said. ``With the future the guy's got? No way.''

Burnett, 25, was named NL player of the week Monday just hours before the injury was disclosed. He threw a three-hit shutout Sunday to beat San Francisco 3-0 and said he felt fine when he left the ballpark.

But he arrived Monday complaining of a stiff elbow that prevented him from touching his right shoulder with his right hand.

``It's an absolute shock,'' Torborg said. ``He has never even had a twinge in his shoulder or elbow.''

Burnett has been the disabled list twice before, both times as a result of spring training injuries. He broke his right foot last year and hurt his right thumb in 2000.

Burnett is 12-9 with a 3.25 ERA. He began the week third in the majors with 191 innings and fourth with 183 strikeouts.

``We didn't see this coming,'' general manager Larry Beinfest said. ``He has been a workhorse all year. He has been terrific.''

Carl Pavano (3-9) will take Burnett's spot in the rotation. Right-hander Blaine Neal was recalled from Triple-A Calgary.