Sean Burnett has another tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. As a result, he will require a second Tommy John Surgery.
It has been a long road to recovery for Burnett. After missing over a year due to elbow surgery, the lefty reliever fought his way back... again. He went to the disabled list in April 2013, and then returned briefly in May. But after just two games, irritation in his elbow prompted another procedure.
On his way back from that surgery, Burnett has had several setbacks. These could, in hindsight be interpreted as red flags. But the goal was to get Burnett's arm healthy, and back on the mound for the Angels. Their bullpen was in need of another lefty, and could use the additional depth.
Burnett pitched three games. He took himself out of last night's 6-3 win over the Seattle Mariners.
In a corresponding move, the Angels called up right-hander Matt Shoemaker.
Needing another spot start, Shoemaker will make his next start tomorrow night in the final game of the Halos' four game series at SafeCo Field. Left-hander Wade LeBlanc was originally scheduled to start, but will instead be the lefty in the bullpen for the time being.
As far as Burnett's future, this will be his second Tommy John Surgery. His first came in 2005 as a member of the Pirates organization. This may also prompt the Angels to exercise Burnett's $500K buyout for instead of his $4.5 million dollar option for 2015. It's an unfortunate event for Sean Burnett and his career. He's a fine, at times dominant relief pitcher.
But there's also a good chance that Sean Burnett's career may be over.
Angels Insider News and Notes
- The first All-Star fan-voting results for the American League's starting lineup were unveiled Tuesday. Mike Trout compiled 764,007 votes, the most in the AL. In 2013, Trout was sixth overall in All-Star voting, fourth in the AL, and second among AL outfielders.
- Albert Pujols and Howie Kendrick are also in the running. Albert is second in the AL among first basemen, and Howie is fifth among AL second basemen. Josh Hamilton, who has only played 8 games because of his thumb injury, is actually 12th among outfielders.
- All-Star teams will be revealed on the 2014 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show during the weekend of July 5-6.
- Kyler Newby signed a minor league deal with the Angels on Tuesday. Newby, 29, has spent ten seasons in the minors, with a lifetime 9.9 K/9 against 3.3 BB/9. Last year, with the Oakland Athletics organization, he posted a 2.70 ERA in 60 innings split between Double-A and Triple-A.
- In light of Josh Hamilton's recent setback during his rehab assignment, the new timeline has him rejoining the Angels in the upcoming Oakland series.
- In Josh Hamilton's absence, Collin Cowgill (.281 BA / .369 OBP) and Grant Green (.388 BA / .510 SLG) have been platooning in left field, and have provided the Angels with a productive cushion until Hamilton returns.
- Angels are 29-19 since being swept by the Seattle Mariners in the 2014 opening series.
- Halos have also won 12 of 17.
- Despite being 12th in batting average with runners in scoring position, the Angels are 4th in the AL in runs in that same spot. This is the result of being 2nd in extra base hits, and 2nd in the AL in batting with runners in scoring position with 2 outs. But that is what an offense should be doing any way. It also shows that a two run homerun with a man on first base in the fourth inning can be just as important as a two run homerun with runners in scoring position in the eight inning. There will be piece on this in early June.
- On a less controversial note, coming into tonight's game, all five Angels starters in their rotation have ERA's below 4.00. Halos starters are 2nd in the AL with a 3.42 ERA, 2nd in WHIP, 2nd in batting average against, and lead the AL with 321 innings pitched. They look a lot like the rotations the Angels had from 2004 through 2011. They could be one of the top five rotations in the AL, and maybe all of baseball.
- The pitching staff as a whole has risen to 3rd in the AL with their 3.60 team ERA.