Angels’ Sean Burnett undergoes second Tommy John surgery

Sean Burnett pitched in just three games this season before undergoing Tommy John surgery this week.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Left-hander Sean Burnett, whose two seasons with the Angels were cut short by injuries, this week underwent his second Tommy John surgery, manager Mike Scioscia said Friday.

The surgery was performed by noted orthopedic surgeon James Andrew.

Burnett, 31, pitched in just three games this season and 13 games in 2013. He was attempting to come back from surgery on his left elbow but had to come out in his third appearance May 27 at Seattle.

Burnett also had Tommy John surgery in 2004 while pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

"It seems like it becomes a routine operation when you hear Tommy John surgery," said Scioscia, who spoke with Burnett several times leading up to surgery. "The results have been great. On the second one, I guess there’s a little more gray area as to how it’ll react, but I know he wants to pitch again. Hopefully, a year from now he’s got an opportunity to do something he really loves to do and he’s really good at."

It Burnett does come back, it’s unlikely to be with the Angels. He signed a two-year, $8-million contract with a club option for 2015.