Coming off a 2016 campaign in which he converted all 47 of his save opportunities, Zach Britton experienced a down year, with injuries playing a significant role in his struggles. He battled a lingering forearm strain, which limited him to just two appearances from Apr. 14 until July 5. He struggled with control upon his return, posting an unsightly 22:14 K:BB down the stretch. His streak of consecutive save conversions came to an end at 60. As the season was winding down, it was reported that Britton was battling a knee injury. He was ultimately shut down after being diagnosed with a sprained MCL. Rather than undergoing surgery, the lefty elected for PRP treatment. Britton then suffered a torn Achilles in late December and he is expected to miss the first three months of 2018 as a result. Brad Brach is likely to fill in as the Orioles' closer in his absence.
Britton (Achilles) agreed to a one-year, $12 million deal with the Orioles on Friday to avoid arbitration, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Britton remains on schedule as he continues to work his way back from a ruptured Achilles' tendon in December, which will likely leave him sidelined for the first three-to-four months of the 2018 season. Last year, the closer registered 15 saves in 38 appearances, posting a 2.89 ERA and 1.53 WHIP over 37.1 innings.
Head coach Buck Showalter said Britton (Achilles) is progressing on schedule, Rich Dubroff of PressBoxonline.com reports. Britton is slowly working his way back to full strength after undergoing surgery in December to repair his ruptured Achilles' tendon. While his recovery is going well and he's expected to be with the team for the start of spring training, Britton is still targeting a return sometime in late June or early July. Look for Brad Brach to handle closer duties until Britton returns.
Britton's surgery to repair the Achilles' tendon on the landing foot of his delivery "went well," Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. As was previously reported Wednesday when news broke regarding Britton's injury, he will be out a minimum of 4-to-6 months, and is targeting a return to the mound around late June. Although the left-hander believes that he could be cleared prior to that late June timetable -- due to the lack of baserunning and cutting for a pitcher -- the Orioles will be very cautious with their top reliever following his injury-plagued 2017. In his place, Brad Brach will take on the ninth-inning role at the beginning of the season.
Britton suffered a ruptured Achilles' tendon while working out in California on Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports, Britton was previously recovering from a knee ailment, and is now expected to miss the first half of the 2018 season following this unfortunate injury. The soon-to-be 30-year-old has been a prominent name throughout the course of the offseason due to his trade value, but it'll be difficult for talks to continue at this juncture. It appears as though surgery is in the cards, according to Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports, who received confirmation of the injury from Orioles general manager Dan Duquette. Britton is coming off an injury-plagued season which saw him make just 38 appearances, posting a 2.89 ERA and 1.53 WHIP with 15 saves. Brad Brach is expected to serve as the closer to begin the year.
Britton (knee) said last week that he does not expect to be traded, Rich Dubroff of PressBoxonline.com reports. The lefty was limited to 38 appearances this season due to forearm and knee injuries -- he recently received a PRP injection in his knee -- and he wasn't nearly as dominant when on the mound (7.0 K/9, 4.3 BB). Despite the step back, Britton will receive at least as much as he made this season ($11.4 million) in his final year of arbitration, and that fact has naturally led to rumors of the Orioles potentially looking to move on. It sounds like Britton expects to stay put, but the front office in Baltimore will likely have some tempting options.