Burnett, who’s been out since April 26 with stiffness in his left (throwing) forearm, is expected to pitch on a rehabilitation assignment this weekend, then return to the Angels as early as Tuesday for a home game against the Seattle Mariners. The Angels do not play Monday.
Jepsen, out since April 12 with a strained right shoulder, is also expected to head out for a rehab assignment but could need more than one appearance.
“Kevin’s been out a little longer, so it depends on how he does and how he responds,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Sean Burnett’s been out three weeks (as of Friday). It’s not that excessive, so hopefully he’ll be able to get away with just a little tuneup.”
There was some concern that Burnett was being overused prior to his injury, having pitched in 10 of the Angels’ first 17 games. But Scioscia said that won’t be any more of a concern than usual once Burnett returns from the DL.
“Sean, when he’s right, is used to being out there and pitching a lot,” Scioscia said. “Butch (pitching coach Mike Butcher) always goes and talks to these guys on the field, how they rebound. I think that he’ll be in a spot where I don’t know if we have to artificially govern (his appearances) but certainly we’ll be attuned to how he feels and hopefully the symptoms he had before won’t re-emerge.”
Burnett allowed one run in 11 appearances prior to the injury.
Jepsen allowed a pair of home runs April 9 against the Oakland A’s, leaving him with a 9.82 earned-run average for the season, but didn’t allow a run in five other appearances.