HOUSTON — A visit to Dr. James Andrews, the orthopedic surgeon who performs more than 200 Tommy John surgeries per year, can cause great consternation for big league pitchers and their teams, but Sean Burnett actually got some good news after being examined by Andrews in Florida on Monday.
“Everything came back good,” the Angels reliever said in a text message. “Just some forearm inflammation and some nerve irritation. He gave me a shot, and I will need to take a few days off from throwing.”
Burnett had a 1.04 earned-run average in 11 appearances before being put on the 15-day disabled list April 28 because of forearm irritation. Pitching wasn’t so much a problem for the left-hander, but the discomfort Burnett felt between appearances prevented him from pitching on consecutive days.
There was some concern that Burnett, who underwent Tommy John surgery after the 2004 season and had bone spurs removed from his elbow in October, had reinjured the ligament, but there was “no issue with the ligament at all,” said Jim Munsey, Burnett’s agent.