The Baltimore Orioles just had one of their first players fall to the injury bug. The Orioles may of been fortunate enough to exit the first month of the year with no major injures, but in the second month of the season, it will not be the same case.
Baltimore will not be so lucky. Zach Britton, who is a member of their pitching staff was just sidelined, according to ESPN. As of now, he is not going to be missing just a few games either. He is expected to miss much more play than that.
He is not expected to be able to play for between 45 and 60 days due to a left forearm injury. His battle with a strained muscle in his forearm keeps continuing. The Baltimore Orioles are staying on the positive side despite the injury to their closer.
The Orioles are remaining hopeful that Britton can get back to action by the All-Star break, which is in early July. That would give Britton almost two months to recover from his injury. Britton is also hopeful that his injury will not prevent him from pitching for too long either.
On Tuesday he showed some hope for fans as he said, “I’d be shocked if I’m not back in 45 days.” That would put his return date around mid-June. He also said that he is expected to be cleared by doctors to start throwing again in 10 days.
When Britton received another opinion about his injury, he was told good news. No damage to his elbow ligaments were revealed, and he was diagnosed with a strain. On the downside, there was some inflammation around his muscle.
This is not the first time the injury has led Britton to the disabled list. This is the second time this season, and Baltimore and Britton may be hoping it is the last. The 29-year-old had only gotten the chance to appear in two games before landing on the disabled list for a second time.
When Britton has his health, he is a great force for the Orioles. In tight games, they turn the ball to Britton and he has delivered for Baltimore on many occasions. Last season is an example of that. He was almost untouchable.
In 2016, he had a career season as he converted all 47 of his save opportunities. In 67 innings of work, he struck out 74 batters, and posted an ERA of 0.54. This season he is off to a similar start. Appearing in nine innings, he has fanned seven batters, saved five games and is posting a 1.00 ERA.
Can Britton return before the All-Star break? Will Britton have another 20 plus save year? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary By Cody Macleod