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Sean Burnett shut down with more elbow problems

Apr 9, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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Angels left-hander Sean Burnett began the season on the disabled list while continuing to recover from August elbow surgery and now his attempt to resume a throwing program has been shut down due to more soreness.

Burnett signed a two-year, $8 million deal with the Angels as a free agent two offseasons ago, but was limited to just 13 appearances last year before going under the knife.

In talking to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com about Burnett’s status manager Mike Scioscia did not seem very optimistic:

He’s trying to get over the hump of some residual soreness that pops up here and there. I don’t think you’re at a point of writing anybody off, but there’s certainly a question right know of when he’s going to be back. You can’t count on him until he gets to be 100 percent, and he’s not there yet.

Burnett was one of the best left-handed relievers in the National League before signing with the Angels, throwing 202 innings with a 2.81 ERA in three-and-a-half seasons for the Nationals, but he did have some arm problems even during that strong run.

  1. andreweac - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    It seems every FA it trade acquisition the Angels make falls apart (Albertross, Vernon Wells, Hamilton, Madson, etc.).

    The club is seemingly cursed.

    • banksatdixie - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      Or they aren’t very good at evaluating likely future value.

      • echech88 - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:02 PM

        Seriously. Burnett part of the offseason Dream Team of Madson/Blanton/Hanson/Hamilton

        Yikes!

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      Wilson has been pretty solid all things considered. Wells was acquired in a trade by the way. For Mike Napoli :(

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