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March 13, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
PEORIA, Ariz. -- It wasn't the debut Sean Burnett had been hoping for: giving up two runs and four hits in a third of an inning during the Angels' 8-6 loss to the San Diego Padres on Wednesday. But for Angels Manager Mike Scioscia, simply seeing Burnett on the mound marked a big step forward for the left-hander. "Just getting out there and getting the wraps off is important," Scioscia said of Burnett, who was pitching in a game for the first time this spring after being slowed by back problems.
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April 8, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
SEATTLE - The Angels barely flinched when American League West rivals Texas and Seattle added powerful left-handed bats this winter, the Rangers acquiring Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo and the Mariners signing Robinson Cano. They had just the antidote in left-handed starters C.J. Wilson, Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs and one-two left-handed relief punch in Sean Burnett, a veteran returning from elbow surgery, and Brian Moran, a Rule 5 pick with a funky delivery and superb minor league track record.
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March 25, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. -- What reliever Sean Burnett hoped would be a significant step forward in his return from elbow surgery Tuesday was more of a stutter step, and maybe a step back. The left-hander, who had to be shut down during last Friday's bullpen workout because of elbow discomfort that doctors thought was caused by an arthritis injection, completed Tuesday's mound session, but it did not go well. “He's still not able to get over that hump,” Scioscia said of Burnett, who was limited by elbow problems to 13 appearances last season.
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April 5, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Angels 5, Astros 1 KEY MOMENT: Josh Hamilton, who struck out four times in his first five at-bats against left-handers this season, hit a two-run home run to right field against left-hander Dallas Keuchel to cap a three-run rally and give the Angels a 4-1 lead in the fifth inning. BOX SCORE: Angels 5, Astros 1 AT THE PLATE: Hamilton beat the Astros' exaggerated shift with two infield singles that would have been routine grounders to a normally positioned shortstop.
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June 11, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
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.
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March 13, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - Sean Burnett took what he called a “huge step” in his return from elbow surgery Thursday morning, the Angels reliever throwing 30 fastballs off a bullpen mound at about 85% to 90% intensity. “It felt good - I didn't fatigue at all,” Burnett said. “I was kind of pushing it to see what I have. I'm a competitor. I want to see where I'm at, and my 30 th pitch felt as good as the others.” Burnett, who was limited by elbow problems to 13 games last season and underwent surgery to repair a small tear in August, said he will need two or three more bullpen workouts and to throw batting practice to hitters before he pitches in an exhibition game.
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April 28, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
SEATTLE - Pitching in games wasn't so much of a problem for reliever Sean Burnett, who had a 1.04 earned-run average in 11 appearances before being placed on the 15-day disabled list because of forearm irritation Sunday. The discomfort Burnett felt between appearances is what prevented him from pitching on back-to-back days and sent the veteran left-hander to the sidelines for at least another two weeks. “Pitching-wise, I feel better than I have all year,” said Burnett, who had surgery to remove two bone spurs from his elbow last October.
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February 18, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - While one new Angels reliever (Ryan Madson) resumed his throwing program Monday morning, another (Sean Burnett) was shut down because of stiffness in his lower back, a condition Manager Mike Scioscia said he is “not overly concerned about.” Burnett, the former Washington Nationals left-hander who signed a two-year, $8-million deal with the Angels in December, left camp before the team began morning workouts to undergo an MRI...
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July 18, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Left-handers Jason Vargas and Sean Burnett have extended their long-toss programs out to 140 feet, and both could resume throwing off a mound within a week to 10 days, Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday. Vargas, who underwent surgery to remove a blood clot in his left armpit on June 26, was 6-4 with a 3.65 earned-run average when he went on the disabled list, and his return by early August would be a huge boost to a rotation that ranks 11 th in the American League with a 4.57 ERA. Vargas, who will be a free agent this winter, would also have considerable trade value if the Angels, who are 11 games behind first-place Oakland in the AL West, fall far out of contention by the end of this month, but it appears his injury will prevent the Angels from trading him before the July 31 non-waiver deadline.
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February 19, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - Last spring, Sean Burnett's lower back locked up as he was reaching up to put his glove on the top shelf of his locker, forcing the reliever to miss about a week of camp with the Washington Nationals. This spring, his first with the Angels, Burnett's back tightened up when he put his 4-year-old son in a shopping cart, and that sent the veteran left-hander into an MRI tube on Monday and to a back specialist on Tuesday. “Both are random things that weren't baseball-related and didn't happen on the field,” Burnett said.
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April 5, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
HOUSTON - The news on Angels reliever Sean Burnett was not bad, but it didn't sound real encouraging, either. The left-hander threw another simulated inning in Arizona on Saturday but seems to have hit a bit of a plateau in his return from elbow surgery. “He got through it and he felt OK afterward, but he needs a little bit of work,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “And he needs to do it in a controlled environment.” Translation: Burnett, who would be an integral part of the bullpen if he was healthy, will not be starting a minor league rehabilitation assignment any time soon.
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March 30, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Mike Trout could have another monster season. Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton could bounce back from career-worst years. Joe Smith and Sean Burnett could add much-needed depth and reliability to the bullpen. And it might not matter. For the Angels to end their four-year playoff drought, they will need six months of consistently strong pitching from a rotation that has little margin for error or injury. The projected starters should be better than the 2013 group, though inexperience at the back of the rotation is a cause for concern.
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March 29, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Collin Cowgill edged out J.B. Shuck for a reserve outfield spot, Ian Stewart beat out Grant Green for a backup infield job, and Matt Shoemaker was added to the bullpen as a long reliever, as the Angels made their final cuts and announced their 25-man opening-day roster Saturday night. The left-handed-hitting Shuck earned several American League rookie-of-the-year votes after hitting .293 with 128 hits in 129 games last season, and he had a solid spring, hitting .281 (16 for 57) with five triples in 21 games through Friday night.
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March 28, 2014 | Kevin Baxter
The Angels had a dismal spring last year, losing a major league-worst 20 games. And that lethargy carried over to a regular season in which the team spent just one day above .500. It's been a different story this spring, with the Angels' 7-5 win over the Dodgers in Thursday's Freeway Series opener running their exhibition winning streak to nine games. And that has the team hoping success, too, will carry over into the regular season. "We want to finish spring strong," outfielder Josh Hamilton said.
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March 25, 2014 | Mike DiGiovanna
One nasty collision with an outfield wall or failure to stick the landing on a headfirst slide or dive could cost Mike Trout millions. The Angels star is in negotiations with the team on what could be a nine-figure contract extension, and a major injury probably would table those talks. That hasn't slowed the center fielder a bit this spring, even if his aggressive play causes a few irregular heartbeats among the Angels and their fans. Trout, the American League most valuable player runner-up in 2012 and 2013, gave the team a scare Sunday when he rolled his left wrist under his chest while attempting a diving catch in the outfield.
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March 25, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. -- What reliever Sean Burnett hoped would be a significant step forward in his return from elbow surgery Tuesday was more of a stutter step, and maybe a step back. The left-hander, who had to be shut down during last Friday's bullpen workout because of elbow discomfort that doctors thought was caused by an arthritis injection, completed Tuesday's mound session, but it did not go well. “He's still not able to get over that hump,” Scioscia said of Burnett, who was limited by elbow problems to 13 appearances last season.
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March 21, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. - Chris Iannetta hit a three-run home run and Kole Calhoun added a solo shot, powering the Angels to a 7-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday. Mike Trout had two hits, raising his Cactus League average to .409. The game had a regular-season feel to it. The Angels fielded their projected opening-day lineup, and the back end of the bullpen pitched at the back end of the game. Kevin Jepsen and Joe Smith each pitched on consecutive days for the first time this spring, with Jepsen working a scoreless seventh inning and Smith a scoreless eighth.
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March 22, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - There was some encouraging news regarding two key Angels relievers on Saturday. Right-hander Dane De La Rosa threw his first bullpen session since suffering a forearm strain on March 6, and left-hander Sean Burnett said the discomfort that forced him to be shut down during Friday's bullpen session was minor and unrelated to the elbow surgery that ended his season last August. “I had a little reaction from an injection I had a week ago,” said Burnett, who was limited by elbow problems to 13 appearances last season.
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March 21, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. - Chris Iannetta hit a three-run home run and Kole Calhoun added a solo shot, powering the Angels to a 7-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday. Mike Trout had two hits, raising his Cactus League average to .409. The game had a regular-season feel to it. The Angels fielded their projected opening-day lineup, and the back end of the bullpen pitched at the back end of the game. Kevin Jepsen and Joe Smith each pitched on consecutive days for the first time this spring, with Jepsen working a scoreless seventh inning and Smith a scoreless eighth.
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