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Zach Britton | Relief Pitcher | #53

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/22/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 3 (0) / BAL
Contract: view contract details

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Zach Britton (forearm) will throw a full bullpen session on Wednesday.
That's assuming he feels fine Tuesday following Monday's flat-ground session. The Orioles are saying Britton will be re-evaluated after Wednesday's bullpen session but they didn't indicate whether a short rehab assignment might be the next step or if he might just be activated. We'll know more in a few days. Apr 24 - 4:48 PM

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Zach Britton (forearm) played catch from 90 feet and threw some pitches off flat ground on Monday.

It was his first time throwing since an MRI on Friday ruled out structural damage. He said his arm felt good Monday, but more should be known about the next step after he talks to Buck Showalter and visits with a hand specialist. Brad Brach has been filling in at closer.
Apr 24 - 3:40 PM

Zach Britton (forearm) said he was happy with his MRI results from Friday.

The MRI ruled out any structural damage. Britton wants to begin throwing again but he won't be cleared until he meets with a hand specialist on Monday. Interim closer Brad Brach has yet to allow a run this year, so the Orioles can afford to take their time with Britton.
Apr 22 - 4:27 PM

Zach Britton (forearm) will undergo a followup MRI on Friday.

Britton said on Tuesday that his left forearm strain is beginning to feel better, but Friday's MRI should help shed light on the exact nature of his injury and should help to give a better idea of when the All-Star closer will be able to return to action. He will first be eligible to return from the 10-day disabled list on April 25. The Orioles are hoping that he will be able to hit that date, or close to it. In the meantime, Brad Brach and Darren O'Day figure to continue to see the bulk of save chances.
Apr 19 - 5:49 PM

Zach Britton told reporters Tuesday that his arm is already feeling better.

Britton landed on the 10-day disabled list over the weekend with a left forearm strain and that's an injury that can often lead to more serious complications, but he stressed Tuesday that this particular issue is mild. The hope is he'll be ready for activation right around the first day he's eligible, which is April 25. Brad Brach and Darren O'Day will apparently share closer duties in the meantime.
Apr 18 - 4:45 PM

Orioles placed LHP Zach Britton on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 15, with a left forearm strain.

Britton first felt soreness when throwing a curveball during Friday's appearance. Manager Buck Showalter said Sunday that he hopes his closer will be ready for activation when his 10 days are up, but it's too soon to tell. Brad Brach figures to handle the ninth inning while Britton is on the shelf.
Apr 16 - 11:43 AM

Zach Britton wasn't at his best on Friday, but still managed to escape with his fifth save of the season.

It's not often that the star southpaw allows opposing runners to score, but the Jays were able to push one across in this one. Russell Martin led off with a single, swiped second base, and dashed home on a two-out single from Devon Travis. Kevin Pillar then singled, putting the tying run on base before Britton struck out Steve Pearce to end the threat. He now sports a troublesome 1.86 WHIP through six appearances on the year.
Apr 14 - 10:31 PM

Zach Britton surrendered a hit and a walk to put the tying run on second base with one out, but he retired the next two Blue Jays batters to earn his fourth save Thursday.

Britton gave up a one-out single and walked Russell Martin -- who is reaching base almost primarily by way of walks these days -- to make things interesting, but he got Kevin Pillar to bounce out and watched Adam Jones squeeze a Steve Pearce line drive to end it. Britton has a shiny 0.00 ERA through five appearances, but his 1.67 WHIP tells a story of a reliever not as sharp as his brilliant 2016 season. That said, he's still a near-elite closer and even assuming a step backward from last year's numbers, Britton should be at or near the top of the saves list once again in 2017.
Apr 14 - 8:15 AM

Zach Britton notched his second save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Yankees.

Britton gave the Orioles a bit of a scare when he appeared to roll his ankle on a comebacker, but he managed to stay in the game and finish off the victory. The southpaw has now converted 51 consecutive saves, which ties him for fourth all-time.
Apr 7 - 10:56 PM

Zach Britton threw a scoreless fifth inning Friday in the Orioles' 8-6 win over the Pirates.

Britton was making his second appearance since returning from a strained oblique, and this one went better than the first, when he gave up two runs Tuesday against the Rays. He walked one and struck out one today.
Mar 17 - 4:57 PM

Zach Britton made his spring debut Tuesday, giving up two runs in an inning against the Rays.

Britton, who had been sidelined with an oblique strin, was a little tentative to begin this one, but he said he felt fine physically afterwards. He gave up four hits, all of them singles, and struck out two before escaping the inning.
Mar 14 - 4:43 PM

Zach Britton (oblique) is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut on Tuesday.

Britton has been sidelined by an oblique strain for the past few weeks. He threw a successful bullpen session on Friday and will throw another on Sunday. If all goes well, he'll be ready for game action on Tuesday. Barring any setbacks, he'll be ready for the start of the regular season.
Mar 11 - 12:32 PM

Zach Britton (oblique) is close to making his Grapefruit League debut.

Britton had another successful bullpen session on Friday and the oblique strain that's kept him on the shelf for a couple weeks doesn't appear to be an issue anymore. He should still have about three weeks' worth of games to get ready for Opening Day, which should be enough for the All-Star closer.
Mar 10 - 5:39 PM

Zach Britton (oblique) felt good during a half-mound workout on Monday in Orioles camp.

He is now scheduled to throw off a full mound Wednesday. Britton suffered a minor oblique strain two weeks ago and is easing back into his spring throwing program. He should be fully caught up by the opening of the 2017 regular season if he is able to avoid setbacks.
Mar 6 - 12:51 PM

Zach Britton (oblique) will throw off a half-mound Monday and a regular mound likely on Wednesday.

Assuming all goes well, Britton will be ready to pitch in games after that. The Orioles have been bringing their star closer along slowly after he tweaked his oblique two weeks ago, but he still has plenty of time to fine-tune things prior to Opening Day.
Mar 5 - 8:31 AM

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