SARASOTA, Fla. — The throwing progression for Orioles pitcher Zach Britton, who has suffered from shoulder inflammation since an August DL stint, is going as scheduled, with the 24-year-old left-hander scheduled to throw back-to-back days Monday and Tuesday.
“I feel really good,” Britton said Sunday. “I feel as good as I did last offseason, so that’s a good sign.”
Britton said Sunday he felt good from his throwing session Saturday – and throwing back-to-back days is a significant step. He would then take Wednesday off and then throw back-to-back days again on Thursday and Friday.
As for his progress, Britton said he doesn’t think he will fall behind the other pitchers this spring.
“I don’t feel like I’m too far behind,” Britton said. “When guys are throwing bullpens, you have the tendency to think ‘I’m way behind,’ but I don’t think I’m that far. Sometimes guys take like six bullpens to get ready. I need probably about four bullpens to get a feel for my pitches and then I’m ready to go. We have a lot of time to get ready so if everything goes well this week, I’ll be in a good spot.”
Britton, who led the Orioles in wins in 2011 as a rookie, was 11-11 with a 4.61 ERA in 28 starts last season. If healthy, he is expected to compete for a top spot in the Orioles starting rotation, but also still has minor league options.