Angels' Sean Burnett has torn UCL, may need Tommy John surgery
Angels lefty Sean Burnett's season may be over before it begins.
Angels lefty Sean Burnett, who had fought his way back from 2013 elbow surgery, has a torn UCL. The Angels announced the injury on Wednesday and placed Burnett on the 15-day DL. As we know all too well of late, the end result of a torn UCL is often Tommy John surgery, which would obviously end Burnett's season and cost him a good portion of 2015.
Burnett, 31, had pitched just 2/3 of an inning for the Angels this season. In 2013, he was limited to just 9 2/3 innings. For his career, he's pitched to an ERA of 3.53 (117 ERA+) and a K/BB ratio of 1.86 across parts of eight major-league seasons. The Angels have a $500,000 buyout on Burnett's $4.5-million club option for 2015, so he's almost certainly bound for free agency.
Burnett previously underwent Tommy John surgery in September of 2004.