Los Angeles Angels Must Maintain Confidence in Sean Burnett

By Bob Garcia IV
Sean Burnett
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

It has been a long time coming for Sean Burnett as he made his season debut for the Los Angeles Angels on Friday against the Kansas City Royals.

In the 2013 season, Burnett had made just 13 appearances before he began having issues with his throwing elbow that persisted to give him problems, and eventually forced him to undergo season-ending surgery to repair a small tear in his flexor tendon in his left elbow.

His recovery was prolonged a little longer than expected this season after he suffered a setback, but was able to work through it and is now back at the major-league level. Although he has only faced just two batters in his two total appearances so far in the 2014 season, it is encouraging to see that he has been able to get this far in his comeback to the majors.

As for the Halos, they must remain patient while Burnett continues to find his groove on the mound because if he does get back to being the pitcher he was before with the Washington Nationals, it will further strengthen the bullpen by providing another reliable arm.

Los Angeles does not have to look far to see what kind of pitcher he can be as in 2012 as the Nationals’ setup man, he had a 2.38 ERA with a 1-2 record, 57 strikeouts, 1.24 WHIP, a career-best 31 holds and two saves in 56.2 innings pitched. He was also off to a solid start in the 2013 season as he had a 0.93 ERA with seven strikeouts, and five holds in 9.2 innings pitched in the 13 appearances he made.

If Burnett can recapture any essence of his 2012 form, the Angels’ bullpen that was a major weakness of the team last season can be an even more of a strong point to the team that already features four relievers with sub-3.00 ERA in Fernando Salas, Joe Smith, Mike Morin and Michael Kohn. But once again, it ultimately lies with Los Angeles remaining patient in the veteran left-hander as he works his way back into top form.
Bob Garcia IV is a sports writer for Rantsports.com. Follow  him on Twitter @Bgarcia90. “Like” him on Facebook or add him to  your network on Google.

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