TEMPE, Ariz. -- The
The left-hander progressed from long-toss to throwing off the slope of a mound this week, and he expects to throw a bullpen session in the next four or five days, though Manager
Either way, there appears to be a good chance Burnett that will not be ready for opening day -- not that the Angels, who are taking a cautious approach with the veteran reliever, are overly concerned.
Burnett rarely throws more than one inning, so he would only need a handful of spring-training appearances to be game-ready. However, it may take longer to gain the stamina required to pitch two or three days in a row, and if that means Burnett has to open the season on the disabled list, the Angels won't mind.
The Angels need Burnett, who had an 0.93 earned run average in 13 appearances last season, to help neutralize the powerful left-handed bats in the