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November 25, 1986

Rick Burleson, who rebounded from four years of rotator cuff trouble to contribute to the Angels' division-winning season, was named United Press International's American League comeback player of the year.

Burleson, 35, batted .284 with 5 homers and 29 runs batted in while playing three infield positions in helping the Angels win the AL West title. He played in just 11 games in 1982, 33 in 1983, 7 in 1984 and 0 in 1985.

Burleson's six-year, $4.6-million contract expired after last season. The Angels have indicated they don't want him back in 1987.

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