Orioles pitcher Zach Britton continues to progress

February 20, 2012|By Eduardo A. Encina | The Baltimore Sun

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles left-handed pitcher Zach Britton continued to progress in his throwing program recovering from left-shoulder inflammation Monday, throwing about 60 long-toss throws from 100 feet, including 15 pitches from his full delivery motion.

The 24-year-old Britton is slated to throw another 60 pitches again Tuesday, the first time he will throw for back-to-back days.

"The best way to sum it up is that I feel as good on the morning I wake up and I’m throwing as the day after," Britton said. (Tuesday) will be a big test, how I feel when I wake up, then the next day how I feel after two consecutive days throwing. So if everything’s good, I don’t think it’s an issue any more."

If all is successful, he will likely take Wednesday off and do another session of throwing back-to-back days, then shortly work to pitching off a mound.

"He’s doing well," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "So far so good. We're just kind of trying to keep his mind on where the finish line is. One thing we’ve tried to so is slow him down a little bit."

The 15 pitches Britton threw from his motion Monday weren't originally schedule to be a part of Monday's routine, but he felt good enough to try a little extra.

"It’s a little different look," Britton said. "The guy is squatting down like a catcher so you have to get a little different angle on your pitches. (My arm slot) feels really good. It looks nice and easy. They’re saying everything looks really smooth, even in comparision to last year."

Britton also participated in pitchers' fielding drills, scooping up comebackers and balls in front of the mound before soft tossing them over to a coach beyond first base.

"I wasn’t feeling anything, so they said it was up to how I feel," Britton said. "They obviously don’t want me throwing hard to the bases. I decided to throw it to the coach outside of first, which is the same thing. I felt good enough to do that stuff."

Britton is not participating in the Orioles' new biomechanical testing, but said he would likely participate in it at a later date.
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