Britton (forearm) is scheduled to throw from flat ground out to 60 feet Thursday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. This marks an important step in Britton's rehab from a forearm injury, as it's the first time playing catch since the injury. He's still hoping to return sooner than the initial 45-to-60 day timeline, though the Orioles likely won't rush the star closer back. A firmer return date should become available as he continues to progress in his throwing program.
Though Britton (forearm) said he expects to return sooner than the initial timeline (45 to 60 days), he's yet to pick up a ball at the team's training facility in Sarasota, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports. The initial timeline was six to eight weeks, but it's impossible to say how long his rehab will really take. Trainers will be able to put together a more accurate estimate once Britton begins a throwing program. Fantasy owners might want to plan for the worst and hope for the best right now. One thing is obvious for those in season-long leagues: Britton will not be helping your club until the latter stages of the year, and by that time it may be too late for some teams.
Britton (forearm) is expected to miss 45-60 days, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports. This comes as a bit of a surprise, as Dr. Neal ElAttrache confirmed Britton's elbow was free of structural damage after examining him Monday. Britton is now expected to head to extended spring training in Sarasota, where he'll let the swelling in his elbow completely calm down before resuming a throwing program. The Orioles are hoping to have their star closer back around the All-Star break.
Britton's elbow is free of structural damage, according to an examination by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who diagnosed the closer with a forearm strain, Dan Connolly of Baltimore Baseball reports Monday. Britton is officially diagnosed with a left forearm strain, but what's important here is that Dr. ElAttrache found no damage to Britton's UCL. The lefty isn't out of the woods yet, as he still needs to go through a throwing program and a rehab assignment, but for now, Britton will avoid surgery. ElAttrache recommended 10 days of rest for Britton before beginning a throwing program; expect a stricter timetable to emerge then.
Britton was placed on the 10-day DL on Saturday with a left forearm strain. This move was a certainty, and the more relevant news is that he is going to visit renowned surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Monday for a second opinion. The DL move is retroactive to May 5, but Britton is expected to be sidelined for longer than the minimum 10 days. Brad Brach should serve as the closer while he is out. The results of his visit with ElAttrache will likely provide a clearer timetable for Britton's owners.
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