The long road back from elbow surgery could be a dead end for
Burnett, who endured numerous setbacks in his recovery from an August procedure to clean out his elbow, summoned Manager
The left-hander, limited by an elbow impingement to 13 games last season, was pulled from the game. Scioscia said Burnett will return to Southern California on Wednesday to undergo medical tests.
Burnett, who overcame 2004 Tommy John surgery and 2005 shoulder surgery to become one of baseball's more durable and dependable left-handed relievers, was so distraught he had to cut off a postgame interview.
"There's a lot of frustration right now, I'm trying to stay positive, I'll see what the doctor says tomorrow," Burnett said before burying his face in a towel and fighting off tears as he walked away from reporters. "I can't ... "
Burnett, in the second year of a two-year, $8-million contract, had an 0.93 earned run average in 2013, but his season was cut short on May 27, and he underwent surgery in August.
After a winter of recovery, Burnett had a spring-training setback in March. He spent much of April and May rehabilitating the elbow in Arizona before embarking on a lengthy minor-league stint with double-A Arkansas earlier this month.
The Angels were buoyed by his return this past weekend -- Burnett pitched against the
“It’s tough, man,” said
"He's worked his [tail] off to get back to this point. He's a great guy, he wants to go out there and help this team win. I know he's really frustrated. It's a tough time for him now. He was feeling good, and it happened on one pitch. It's frustrating for him and for us too. We want him out there."
"Immediately, my heart went out for him," Iannetta said. "You knew something was wrong. With all he's been through the last few years, he worked his butt off to get back. He's just had a string of bad luck. He was pitching real well."