6/7/2014 1:07 A.M. ET
Burnett restarting rehab process following surgery
By Earl Bloom / Special to MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Angels left-handed reliever Sean Burnett underwent Tommy John surgery this week, performed by Dr. James Andrews, and most likely won't pitch again until 2016. The Angels hold a club option on Burnett for 2015 that probably won't be exercised.
It was the second such procedure for Burnett, 31, whose first Tommy John surgery, also done by Andrews, was in September 2004, after he made his Major League debut with the Pirates.
Both of Burnett's seasons with the Angels ended with surgical procedures. He had a torn flexor tendon repaired in August 2013. Burnett had an 0.93 ERA in 13 games last season before going on the DL.
He returned to Major League action May 23 of this season against the Royals. Burnett pitched in only two more games before going back on the DL on May 28 because of a torn ulnar collateral ligament.
"I hope he has the opportunity to keep doing what he loves doing," manager Mike Scioscia said.
Stewart gets injections in left thumb
ANAHEIM -- Third baseman Ian Stewart, on the DL since May 12 because of a contusion on his left hand, said Friday he received two cortisone injections in his left thumb.
Stewart played two rehab games with Triple-A Salt Lake before returning to have his hand examined.
"There's nothing major there, just some inflammation mostly," he said.
As a result of the injections, Stewart's been shut down for a couple days. He said he'll likely remain with the Angels through the short homestand that runs through Wednesday before taking the next step in his recovery. Stewart said he didn't know if he'd return to the Bees to continue rehab games.
Angels to honor Pujols' 500th HR on Saturday
ANAHEIM -- The Angels will salute first baseman Albert Pujols for his milestone 500th home run before Saturday night's game against the White Sox. Pujols, who entered Friday with 506, hit Nos. 499 and 500 at Washington on April 22 -- the first time a player reached 500 by hitting two in the same game.
"At least my wife and kids will be there for this," Pujols said.
His family was en route to New York -- the Angels' next destination -- when he reached the milestone against the Nationals. While the Angels were in Detroit the series before, Pujols said he told his wife that he sensed he'd get to 500 soon.
Earl Bloom is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.