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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, elbow) will throw from 60 feet out on flat ground Thursday.
Britton is just starting into his rehab from a left forearm strain. While there is no structural damage in the arm, this is going to be a lengthy rehab, as he is expected to be on the shelf until around the All-Star break. A more concrete timetable for his return should become clear as he progresses in his rehabilitation. May 17 - 5:50 PM

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Zach Britton (forearm, elbow) will be sidelined for the next 45-60 days.

Britton was cleared of any ulnar collateral ligament damage after an examination by Dr. Neal ElAttrache this past weekend in Los Angeles, but he has a strain in the belly of his left forearm and will be shut down from throwing for about a month. Baltimore is hoping he'll be ready around the All-Star break. Brad Brach is quickly vaulting up our closer rankings.
May 9 - 5:28 PM

Zach Britton has been sent to the Orioles' spring training complex in Sarasota, Florida to begin rehabbing his left forearm strain.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter wouldn't guess on a timetable for his closer, but the good news is Britton's left ulnar collateral ligament is fully intact. He has a strain in the "belly" of his left forearm muscle, per a recent examination by specialist Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Brad Brach will continue to handle ninth-inning duties for the O's.
May 9 - 4:50 PM

Dan Connolly of reports that Dr. Neal ElAttrache has confirmed the initial diagnosis of a strained left forearm for Zach Britton.

Britton has a strain in the "belly" of his left forearm muscle, but his ulnar collateral ligament is in "perfect condition," according to Connolly. The Orioles' closer will be shut down for 10 days before attempting to resume a throwing program at the team's spring training complex. Even with the relatively favorable diagnosis, you can bet the Orioles will proceed cautiously with Britton this time around after he was rushed back from the disabled list too soon the first time around. Brad Brach is handling the closing duties while Britton is on the shelf.
May 8 - 9:37 PM

Zach Britton will go to Los Angeles to have his forearm examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

His meeting with ElAttrache is scheduled for Monday. Britton is still dealing with inflammation in his strained forearm but insists his elbow is fine. The Orioles have already said Britton's stint on the disabled list will be longer than the minimum 10 days. Brad Brach will handle the ninth inning for however long Britton is out for.
May 6 - 4:18 PM

Orioles placed LHP Zach Britton on the 10-day disabled list with a left forearm strain.

It's the same injury that previously landed Britton on the disabled list. The good news, is that Friday's MRI didn't find any structural damage to his forearm or elbow ligaments. He'll be sidelined for at least a couple of weeks to allow the inflammation to fully subside. The O's will proceed cautiously in his recovery as to avoid the risk of further aggravating the condition. Brad Brach will handle the ninth inning until the southpaw is ready to return.
May 6 - 9:26 AM

Zach Britton is scheduled to undergo another MRI exam as he continues to deal with a forearm issue.

Britton returned from the disabled list on Tuesday but didn't look like himself in either of his first two outings and has now been shut down again. Brad Brach will continue to serve as the O's ninth-inning man in his absence. Look for an update on Britton's status on Saturday.
May 5 - 10:53 PM

Orioles activated LHP Zach Britton from the 10-day disabled list.

Britton is back to anchor the Orioles' pen after missing roughly three weeks with a strained forearm. Arguably the best closer in baseball, Britton has converted 54 straight saves, tying him with Tom Gordon for the second-longest streak in major league history. Mike Wright was sent down to Triple-A Norfolk in the corresponding roster move.
May 2 - 3:51 PM

Zach Britton (forearm) is on track to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

Britton fared better in his second rehab appearance at Double-A Bowie than he did in his first and said he feels fine physically. The Orioles should immediately re-insert him into the closer role, which means Brad Brach is headed back to setup duty.
May 1 - 4:25 PM

Zach Britton (forearm) is scheduled to make another minor league rehab appearance with Double-A Bowie on Sunday.

The O's had been hopeful that he could return to the big league bullpen on Sunday, but after struggling in Friday's rehab appearance they wanted to get him one more outing. If all goes well, he'll return to the O's on Tuesday.
Apr 29 - 11:44 AM

Zach Britton (forearm) struggled in his rehab outing with Double-A Bowie on Friday, allowing one run on a hit and two walks in 2/3 of an inning.

The O's would have loved to see Britton work a clean inning on Friday and return to the bullpen on Sunday, but perhaps they'll decide to give him another outing now before bringing him back. Britton threw 17 of his 28 pitches for strikes in Friday's appearance.
Apr 28 - 9:00 PM

Zach Britton (forearm) will be activated from the disabled list either Sunday or Tuesday.

Britton will begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Bowie on Friday. Assuming everything goes off without a hitch, he'll likely be activated Sunday after the one appearance. However, if the Orioles determine that he needs another one, they'll delay his activation until Tuesday. Brad Brach has been filling in at closer.
Apr 28 - 5:52 PM

Zach Britton is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie on Friday.

That's assuming Britton comes out of Wednesday's side session without issue. The Orioles have been taking their time with Britton, who has spent the last two weeks nursing a strained forearm. Interim closer Brad Brach has yet to allow a run in 10 outings this year, so the Orioles are in good hands either way.
Apr 26 - 5:44 PM

Zach Britton (forearm) is scheduled to make a minor league rehab appearance on Friday.

That assumes he makes it through a full bullpen session Wednesday without issue. There's talk of Britton returning to the Orioles on Sunday, but the 29-year-old closer still has some big hurdles to clear. Brad Brach and Darren O'Day have been handling ninth-inning duties for Baltimore while Britton nurses a forearm strain.
Apr 25 - 4:38 PM

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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SS1J.J. Hardy
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3B1Manny Machado
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LF1Hyun Soo Kim
2Joey Rickard
CF1Adam Jones
RF1Seth Smith
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S1Chris Tillman
2Kevin Gausman
3Dylan Bundy
4Wade Miley
5Ubaldo Jimenez
Relief Pitcher
R1Zach Britton
2Darren O'Day
3Brad Brach
4Mychal Givens
5Alec Asher
6Richard Bleier
7Jayson Aquino
8Tyler Wilson