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Burnett planning to test elbow Saturday

WASHINGTON -- Nationals left-hander Sean Burnett, who hasn't pitched since Sunday because of elbow soreness, will try to play catch Saturday, according to manager Davey Johnson.

If things go according to plan, the team hopes Burnett can pitch in a game by Monday against the Mets in New York.

Burnett said he 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.

"[The doctor] thinks it was more like an inflamed nerve," Johnson said. "Hopefully that medication ... will clear it up."

WASHINGTON -- Nationals left-hander Sean Burnett, who hasn't pitched since Sunday because of elbow soreness, will try to play catch Saturday, according to manager Davey Johnson.

If things go according to plan, the team hopes Burnett can pitch in a game by Monday against the Mets in New York.

Burnett said he 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.

"[The doctor] thinks it was more like an inflamed nerve," Johnson said. "Hopefully that medication ... will clear it up."

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.