Jun 11, 2013, 5:37 PM EDT
The good news for Angels reliever Sean Burnett is that an MRI exam showed no structural damage in his injured elbow and doctors have told the left-hander he won’t need surgery.
The bad news? Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that Burnett will be completely shut down for at least a month, at which point he’ll start throwing again and see where he’s at. In other words, there’s seemingly a pretty good chance Burnett has thrown his last pitch for the Angels this season.
Burnett signed a two-year, $8 million deal this offseason after leaving the Nationals as a free agent and October surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow kept his price tag down, so the Angels knew what they were getting into.