WASHINGTON -- Nationals left-hander Sean Burnett is expected to rest his elbow for the next few days. As of now, Burnett is not expected to get an MRI and hopes to start throwing soon.
Burnett said he has experienced elbow soreness for about two months, but was able to post respectable numbers. In 61 games, Burnett has a 2.49 ERA, but allowed five earned runs in his last 5 1/3 innings.
"I had trouble shutting it down," Burnett said. "I was still having success. I'm not going to look at my teammates in the eye and shut it down when I'm still doing well. It just got to the point in the last week to 10 days, I was probably doing more than I should try to create movement, maybe get the velocity up.
"It wasn't fair to my teammates. There were better options in the bullpen than me at the time. It wasn't right for me to go out there at 80 percent and giving up leads the way I was giving them up."