Los Angeles Angels left-handed reliever Sean Burnett underwent
an MRI after he complained of forearm tightness over the weekend. While there
was no significant damage revealed, the Angels have shut down Burnett until at
least today’s game, according to Mike DiGiovanna of The Los Angeles Times.
Manager Mike Scioscia said that the Angels will be
especially careful with Burnett, as they have been for the first part of the
season. Considering his importance to the bullpen, Los Angeles will treat him
with kid gloves, according to Scioscia.
"He's a vital piece of our bullpen, and we need him
100%," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "That's why we've had some
kid gloves on him when he's needed to rebound a bit. Hopefully, once he gets
back, he'll contribute like he has."
Burnett has been effective in the 10 games he’s appeared in
this season, posting an ERA of 1.13 during that time. However, he continues to
deal with discomfort in his throwing arm, and the Angels would prefer to return
him as close to full health as they can before making him available out of the
The Angels are already without relievers Ryan Madson, Kevin
Jepsen and Mark Lowe, while Garrett Richards has been bumped to the rotation to
account for Jered Weaver’s injury.
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