TEMPE, Ariz. — Could the
That is one of the possibilities they are considering in the wake of an elbow injury to Brian Moran, the left-hander selected by the Angels in the Rule 5 draft last December.
Moran has not pitched in a week because of elbow soreness. The injury is not considered serious.
They can't send Moran to the minors without first offering him back to the
If he did, Moran would be the first Rule 5 pick to make the Angels roster since pitcher Derrick Turnbow in 2000. Moran, 25, has never pitched in the major leagues.
"That would be a dream come true," Moran said. "But there's so much that can happen between now and Opening Day, and I try not to be an imaginary GM."
Moran would be a situational left-hander in an
Burnett, meanwhile, has yet to make his Cactus League debut. He said he usually gets eight or nine spring appearances but can get "pretty locked in" with four or five.
However, it is unlikely he would appear in a Cactus League game before next week, and it is even more unlikely the Angels would rush a pitcher coming off surgery to get ready for the opener in one week.
Burnett threw fastballs and changeups in a bullpen session Wednesday and said the changeup was "as good as I've ever had."
"It used to be my best pitch before Tommy John [surgery]," Burnett said. "Maybe it's back."