Burnett, 31, is in the second season of a two-year, $8-million contract that includes a $4.5-million option for 2015 that the team will buy out for $500,000, making Burnett a free agent.
Burnett appeared in only 16 games for the Angels, spending most of his two seasons rehabilitating from elbow injuries and surgery to repair his flexor tendon last August, but Manager
"It seems like it has become a routine operation when you hear 'Tommy John surgery,' and the results have been great, but on the second one, there's a little more gray area on how he'll react," Scioscia said. "I know he wants to pitch again, and sometime, a year from now, he'll get an opportunity to do what he loves to do and something he's very good at."
Burnett, who had his first Tommy John reconstructive surgery in 2004 and had shoulder surgery in 2005, suffered a spring-training setback that caused him to miss April and most of May. He finally returned on May 23 and appeared in three games, only to tear the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow on May 27 in Seattle.
In other injury news, reserve third baseman
Stewart is still feeling pain in the hand, has been unable to swing a bat for several days, and there is no timetable for his return.