BALTIMORE — The news was bad for reliever Sean Burnett on Tuesday, but it could have been much worse.
The Angels left-hander came away from a second visit in five weeks to Dr. James Andrews, the noted Alabama orthopedic surgeon, not needing elbow surgery, but he was ordered not to pick up a ball for a month, which will push back his return to August at the earliest.
“I was crushed, man,” Burnett said after rejoining the team in Baltimore. “I came here to help this team, and it’s been disappointing. I haven’t been able to do much, if anything. I just want to play, and I’m unable to do that.”
Burnett, who signed a two-year, $8-million deal last winter, has an 0.93 earned run average in 13 appearances but has spent as much time on the disabled list as he has on the active roster.