Sean Burnett (Alex Brandon/AP)

Sean Burnett will play catch one more time and is likely available to pitch Wednesday, Nationals Manager Davey Johnson said on Tuesday.

Burnett has been resting his left elbow, and an irritated nerve in it, which caused discomfort and has held him out of games for more than a week. The valuable left-handed reliever in the Nationals bullpen played catch for the first time on Saturday and Sunday. He threw a light bullpen session on Monday, and after he reported feeling fine with that, he is ready to return to pitching in a game.

Burnett would receive Tuesday off; only have to play catch. If that goes off without a hitch, he would be available to pitch on Wednesday for the first time since Sept. 2.

Burnett, who had Tommy John ligament-replacement surgery in 2004, doesn’t have any ligament damage and has been dealing with symptoms similar to nerve irritation, he said. He is among the Nationals’ best relievers with a 2.49 ERA, and was effective against both left-handed and right-handed hitters as a setup man because of his sinker. After throwing off the mound on Monday, he said the bite and break of his pitches had returned.

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