Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Sean Burnett did not think he would need to go on the disabled list for his throwing arm to heal properly. However, the Angels and he agreed on Sunday that it was the most appropriate action considering his appearances were becoming inconsistent.
“It feels fine as long as I can take a few days,” Burnett said, according to Angels.com. “But it’s not fair to my teammates to pitch and have to take a few days and stuff like that.”
Burnett has been experiencing some irritation in his left forearm for weeks, and it has got to the point where the best thing for everyone is for him to go on the 15-day disabled list. This way his arm will get a solid two weeks of nothing but rest. Hopefully, once the 15 days are up he will be able to pitch at a high level without any issues.
“The only thing we haven’t done is given it some time off,” Burnett told Angels.com. “I’ve taken a day off, but I’ve still been throwing during batting practice and stuff like that. Hopefully with a few days of no throwing, it’ll calm down. It just seems like right now the muscle [is] mad at me.”
The good news is it is only a little irritation and nothing more. There was some concern at first that the pain in his left arm was from structural damage. However, an MRI revealed nothing to be wrong, which means all he needs at this point is to take it easy.
The 30-year-old has posted a solid 1.04 earned run average with seven strikeouts and four walks in 11 appearances in 2013.