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One of the Los Angeles Angels' big additions this past offseason was that of Sean Burnett. Burnett is a talented reliever who had elbow surgery while still with the Washington Nationals. The Angels knew what they were getting into, but they still expected Burnett to be able to pitch this season. It turns out, that won't happen - at least not beyond the 13 appearances he's already made.
Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com says Burnett has officially been shut down for the remainder of the season. He may also be faced with a second consecutive season in which he needs elbow surgery. The fortunate thing for the Angels and Burnett is the surgery would not be Tommy John. Gonzalez says an MRI revealed a small tear in Burnett's flexor tendon. If conservative treatment does not work, Burnett will undergo flexion tendon surgery.
“I got a little emotional after the bullpen the other day,” Burnett said Wednesday. “I’m frustrated. It’s been a few months right now. I come to a new team, trying to just fit in and help the team win and I haven’t been able to do much. It’s been frustrating, emotional. I’ve done everything I possibly could to get back on the field and I haven’t been able to get over that last hump. It’s tough. I like to compete, I like to be out there. I’ve been healthy for quite a few years now. It’s not where I want to be, that’s for sure.”
Last year, Burnett underwent surgery to remove bone spurs in his elbow. This was after making 70 appearances with the Nationals. He performed well leading up to the surgery. In those appearances, Burnett posted a 2.38 ERA. Throughout his seven-year career, Burnett has a 3.51 ERA. He has pitched for the Pirates, the Nationals, and now the Angels.
The Angels had hoped Burnett would come in and help lock down their bullpen this season. With the additions of Ryan Madson, Burnett, and Ernesto Frieri's dominance last year, it looked like the Angels could have one of the best bullpens in the league. Instead, the Angels relief core ranks toward the bottom of the league with a 4.23 ERA.
Burnett is under contract through next season. So all he can hope for is a healthy offseason and to come back strong next year.
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