The Los Angeles Angels were happy to sign relief pitcher Sean Burnett, but he has had trouble staying healthy this year and as a result he’s only seen action in a total of 13 games. Burnett has missed 35 games this season, but what is most troubling is that he made a visit to renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Monday … again.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia says that the meetings a precautionary, but when you meet with someone like Dr. Andrews twice in five weeks there is a definite reason for concern. During the first visit, Burnett had two bone spurs removed from his elbow that underwent Tommy John’s surgery in 2004.
As for the diagnosis this time around, it seems like the Angels don’t have an immediate plan.
“Right now, nothing’s definite as to what’s going to happen with Sean,” Scioscia said, via Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com. “We’ll just see where it goes.”
Burnett signed a two-year, $8 million contract this offseason. The Angels are hoping they will get a better return on their investment, but it is going to take some seriously getting healthy before that is even a possibility.