Burnett out at least until weekend

Burnett out at least until weekend
September 5, 2012, 9:59 pm
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His throwing elbow still not 100 percent, Sean Burnett is again unavailable out of the Nationals' bullpen for Wednesday night's game against the Cubs.

Burnett hasn't pitched since Sunday, when he served up a game-tying homer to St. Louis' Daniel Descalso in the eighth inning for his second consecutive blown save. The left-hander asked for treatment on his elbow afterward, and manager Davey Johnson has put him on the shelf since.

Burnett is receiving anti-inflammatory medication, and the Nationals are hopeful that will be enough to get him back on the mound. But that won't happen until this weekend at the earliest.

"He's going to be down a few more days, I guess," Johnson said. "I guess he's getting better. It's just rest."

Burnett has dealt with elbow inflammation at various points throughout the season. He overcame it all to post a 1.81 ERA over his first 53 games but has struggled since, giving up five runs and 16 hits over his last six innings.

The Nationals still don't plan to have an MRI taken of Burnett's elbow, though this appears to be something the reliever will have to address once the season ends.

"If I had a say so, I'd stay away from that MRI," Johnson said. "I think it's just something he's had before and it just flared up."