Britton scratched from minor league start with soreness in left shoulder

March 18, 2012|By Dan Connolly | The Baltimore Sun

Orioles lefty Zach Britton, who has not pitched in a major league game this spring, has been scratched from his scheduled minor league start Monday due to soreness in his left shoulder – an injury that has been bothering him for months.

Manager Buck Showalter said Britton felt good after throwing two innings and 31 pitches in a Triple-A game Thursday, but soreness developed Saturday. He was examined by team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens and it’s believed he has inflammation, Showalter said.

“Dr. Wilckens doesn’t think it is anything serious, it’s just something you’ve got to manage. Try to get it quieted down. It could be Tuesday, I don’t know,” Showalter said. “I would have liked to see him recover from his outing a little better than that.”

Britton will be re-evaluated Tuesday and Showalter did not want to speculate on when he will pitch again, but it is becoming increasingly likely he will not be ready to break camp with the Orioles.  

“Let’s see where we are on Tuesday,” Showalter said. “I am not going to jump the gun on that.”

Jake Arrieta will start Monday’s minor league game and pitch four innings. The rest of the major leaguers are off. 

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