Britton (knee) received a PRP injection Friday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. As planned, Britton received treatment on his knee in an attempt to improve the condition of his sprained MCL. At this point in time, the tentative plan is for him to be evaluated again in 3-to-5 days, so more information on his recovery should be available then. However, it's entirely possible that Britton will be shut down for the season so that he can focus on being in full health for the 2018 campaign.
Manager Buck Showalter said Britton will receive a PRP injection in his knee Friday and the team will reassess him in 3-to-5 days, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports. The Orioles will likely wait and see how he responds to the injection before deciding anything, but Britton said he doubts he'll pitch again this season, according to Rich Dubroff of PressBoxonline.com. He also said an MRI revealed he's dealing with a sprained MCL, but also confirmed he won't require surgery to heal. Seeing as Britton has been banged up all season and the Orioles are a long shot to make the playoffs, the team may decide to play it safe with the stud closer to ensure he's healthy for 2018. If Britton is indeed shut down, look for Brad Brach to take over the ninth-inning duties down the stretch.
Britton may be shut down for the remainder of the season due to concerns regarding his knee, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. It doesn't look like Britton's knee requires surgery, as the team has been told it simply needs time to heal. However, the team doesn't want to take any chances on aggravating the injury even further. Britton underwent an MRI on Wednesday, so additional information regarding his availability should become available in the near future. Britton, who's battled injuries throughout the season, has converted 15 of his 17 save opportunities over the course of the year.
Britton worked around a hit and a walk while recording a scoreless four-out save Sunday against the Yankees. Britton was called upon to finish out the eighth after New York plated a run, getting Chase Headley out to close the frame. He allowed a double and an intentional walk in the ninth inning but was able to strike out Gary Sanchez to end the threat. Britton has now converted back-to-back saves since a meltdown on Tuesday and should be a consistent source of saves down the final stretch.
Britton erased a hit by inducing a game-ending double play to pick up his 14th save Wednesday in Toronto. A night removed from blowing the save and taking the loss, the O's closer rebounded with a strong effort. However, Britton was unable to notch a strikeout for the ninth time in his last 14 appearances, pushing his uninspiring K:BB to 25:16 through 35 innings this year. He remains a must-start in most formats, but it's become obvious that owners shouldn't expect much more than what Britton has been offering during his disappointing 2017 campaign.
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