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Zach Britton | Relief Pitcher | #53

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (30) / 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 (heel) threw a bullpen session off a regular mound Tuesday at Camden Yards.
Britton tossed 20 fastballs off a half-mound on Friday and has now ramped things up a bit as he continues his recovery from a ruptured Achilles tendon. The 30-year-old closer is aiming to join the Orioles around late May or early June. Apr 24 - 4:13 PM

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Zach Britton (Achilles) threw 20 fastballs off a half-mound on Friday with no issues.

He'll go through pitchers' fielding practice on Saturday, which is another big step as he works his way back from December Achilles surgery. Britton hopes to be back with the Orioles shortly after he's eligible for activation on May 28.
Apr 20 - 3:32 PM

Zach Britton (heel) is scheduled to throw off a half-mound on Friday.

It'll be a significant step for the 30-year-old closer, who ruptured his right Achilles tendon in an offseason workout back in January. Roch Kubatko of MASN wrote in late March that people with the Orioles think "early June" is a possibility for Britton's return. Brad Brach is currently serving as Baltimore's ninth-inning man.
Apr 19 - 12:02 PM

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports writes that people with the Orioles think "early June" is a reasonable goal for Zach Britton (Achilles) to return.

Britton recently shed his protective walking boot as he rehabs from December surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles' tendon. He's currently doing treadmill work and prepping for fielding drills. There's still a long way to go, but the feeling is that he's ahead of schedule. He's eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list on May 28, so it's possible he's ready around then depending on how things play out. Brad Brach should see the bulk of save chances during his absence, though Darren O'Day could also be in the mix at times.
Source: MASN Sports
Mar 27 - 1:17 PM

Zach Britton (Achilles) is no longer wearing a protective walking boot on his right foot.

It's not breaking news, as that was the plan for a few days, but it's still a nice step forward, pun very much intended. Britton is still months away from returning after December surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles' tendon. The All-Star break has long been the aim for a possible return to the O's.
Mar 17 - 4:54 PM

Zach Britton (Achilles) will remove the walking boot on his landing foot on Saturday and ease into throwing activities.

Britton underwent surgery in December to repair his ruptured Achilles' tendon, and was placed on the 60-day disabled list in the middle of February. It's a positive step in the right direction for the closer, but there's still a long way to go before he's throwing off the mound. A return around the All-Star break is still the most likely outcome for Britton
Source: MASN
Mar 14 - 4:39 PM

Zach Britton (Achilles) has begun running on an underwater treadmill.

It's the next step in his rehab as he works his way back from a torn Achilles. Britton is eligible for activation from the 60-day disabled list in late May but is likely to need more time than that.
Mar 4 - 9:13 AM

Orioles placed LHP Zach Britton on the 60-day disabled list with a ruptured right Achilles tendon.

The move creates a spot on the 40-man roster for Andrew Cashner. Britton is expected to be out until around midseason while recovering from Achilles surgery. Brad Brach will likely handle the closing duties in the meantime.
Feb 16 - 8:37 AM

Zach Britton (Achilles) said Thursday that he thinks a return in May is realistic if his rehab goes exactly as planned.

Britton, who will have his third checkup on his surgically-repaired Achilles on Friday, said a couple weeks ago that he was ahead of schedule in his recovery. It's common that players are optimistic about their recovery timetables, so Britton's statements have to be taken with a grain of salt. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said a month ago that he expected Britton to miss the first half of the season.
Feb 8 - 6:37 PM

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that Zach Britton underwent another exam on his Achilles this week and is said to be ahead of schedule in his recovery.

He has another appointment scheduled for February 9, after that he'll join the club in Sarasota to continue his rehab. Britton is tentatively expected to return to the Orioles after the All-Star break. Brad Brach will function as the team's closer in his stead.
Jan 27 - 12:17 PM

Orioles and RP Zach Britton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $12 million contract.

There was some speculation that Britton could be released after he tore his Achilles last month, but the Orioles will pay him a hefty sum for what figures to only be about a half-season of work. The left-hander is slated for free agency next offseason. Brad Brach will close while Britton is out.
Jan 12 - 2:37 PM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Monday that he expects Zach Britton (heel) to miss the first half of the 2018 season.

Britton ruptured his Achilles tendon last month during an offseason workout and underwent surgery on December 21. It's an injury that can sideline athletes for 8-12 months, but the O's are optimistic that Britton will be ready sometime in mid-to-late July. Brad Brach is expected to fill in as Baltimore's closer.
Jan 8 - 12:48 PM

Zach Britton underwent successful surgery to repair his ruptured Achilles' tendon on Thursday.

MASN's Roch Kubatko reports that the Orioles are hoping to have Britton back at some point during June, but that they'll also settle for July. Brad Brach figures to open up in the closer's role, assuming that he isn't traded.
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 05:22:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Orioles closer Zach Britton ruptured his right Achilles tendon during an offseason workout on Tuesday in California and will be sidelined for at least six months.

He is scheduled to undergo surgery on Thursday. This is absolutely devastating news for the Orioles, who had been weighing whether to trade Britton this winter or try to compete with him as their closer in 2018. The 29-year-old left-hander is scheduled to become a free agent next winter. Brad Brach would seem to be the logical choice as the team's ninth-inning fill-in, but he is also entering his walk year and could be dealt if the O's now decide to tear things down. Britton is expected to command north of $12 million in his final year of salary arbitration and probably won't be able to throw a pitch until the second half.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 10:38:00 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Cubs and Dodgers are among the teams who have contacted the Orioles about Zach Britton.

Heyman hears that the Orioles are at least willing to listen to offers for Britton, who has one year of team control remaining and is due to get a raise in arbitration from the $11.4 million he made in 2017. The Cubs are a natural fit with Wade Davis on the free agent market, but the Dodgers were in touch with the Orioles about Britton this summer even though they have All-Star closer Kenley Jansen under contract. Britton missed time with flexor tendon and knee issues this season while posting a 2.89 ERA, 15 saves, and a 29/18 K/BB ratio over 37 1/3 innings.
Mon, Nov 13, 2017 06:58:00 PM

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