As if a 48-58 record and fourth place in the American League West division was not bad enough, the Los Angeles Angels were forced to place reliever Sean Burnett on the season-ending disabled list. Obviously, it is better to lose a top-notch relief pitcher in a year where nothing special is going to happen opposed to during a postseason run. However, it is still unfortunate that his season had to come to an end.
A tear in Burnett’s left flexor tendon is all the Angels needed to see to shut him down for the year. At this point, the 30-year-old will most likely undergo a small surgical procedure as soon as possible so that he can be ready to go in Spring Training.
It is certainly a hard pill for Burnett to swallow. The left-hander has struggled with injuries all season as he has only appeared in 9 2/3 innings in 2013.
“I got a little emotional after the bullpen the other day,” Burnett said, according to Angels.com. “I’m frustrated. It’s been a few months right now. I come to a new team, trying to just fit in and help the team win, and I haven’t been able to do much.”
It looked like he was on the verge of finally getting it together to make it back to the big leagues before the tear occurred. It is a tough day for anyone to find out his season is over. However, the good news is Burnett can focus on rehabilitating and getting ready to be an impact pitcher for the Angels next season.