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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Zach Britton to see specialist over forearm strain

Zach Britton

Zach Britton is headed to see a specialist to see if more information can be ascertained about the forearm issue that’s been bothering him.

The Baltimore Orioles stud closer went on the 10-day DL in April with a strained forearm. He was activated off the list on May 2, but after experiencing more issues, he was placed back on the DL on Saturday.

MASN Orioles reporter Roch Kubatko says Britton’s elbow is fine but he still has forearm inflammation, so the reliever is headed to LA to meet with Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

Despite his problems Britton has still pitched well this season. He has recorded five saves while allowing just one earned run and striking out 7 in nine innings.

Britton posted consecutive strong seasons for the Orioles in 2014 and 2015 when he recorded 37 and 36 saves respectably, with an ERA under 2.00 both seasons. But he took his game to a new level of dominance last season as he saved 47 games with a 0.54 ERA. The Orioles want to proceed with caution when it comes to an asset as valuable and Britton.

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