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Zach Britton reinstated from 60-day DL

Zach Britton reinstated from 60-day DL

On Wednesday the Baltimore Orioles reinstated one of the top closers in the majors, Zach Britton, giving the pitching staff a major boost. 

Back in April, the 29-year-old was diagnosed with left forearm soreness that placed him on the 10-day disabled list. Making a brief return in the beginning of May, the left-handed pitcher played in two games before the soreness reappeared. 

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Britton was eventually sidelined on the 60-day disabled list on May 5 and was completely shut down for a month. 

His return could not come at a better time for Baltimore after an atrocious start to the 2017 season. Currently the Orioles pitching staff ranks the second worst in the league with a 5.09 ERA.

A majority of the pitching woes have been with the current starters who have a combined 5.53 ERA and are 20-30 as a unit. The bullpen has actually helped bail out the team in certain situations earning 22 saves, and claiming 18 wins. 

Adding a reliever though who had 47 saves in 47 save opportunities will definitely give Buck Showalter options and possibly boost the confidence of the starters on the mound. In 2016, the two-time All-Star was second in the majors in saves, trailing only Jeurys Familia (51).

Britton will not enter the Orioles lineup cold, the past two weeks he saw time bouncing around in the minors for planned rehab starts. 

With eight appearances in 2017 his ERA stands at 1.00 with five saves in nine innings pitched. 

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Closer Zach Britton tears Achilles tendon in offseason training

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Closer Zach Britton tears Achilles tendon in offseason training

BALTIMORE -- Orioles closer Zach Britton ruptured his right Achilles tendon in offseason training, a significant injury that could cause him to miss part of the 2018 season.

Baltimore executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette on Wednesday confirmed the torn Achilles tendon. It was not immediately clear how long Britton would be out.

In a tweet announcing the injury, the team said Britton was injured Tuesday while training in California and wished him a speedy recovery.

Britton had 15 saves and a 2.89 ERA with the Orioles this past season. In 2016, had a 0.54 ERA and was perfect in save opportunities with a major league-leading 47.

The left-hander, who turns 30 on Friday, is arbitration eligible after making $11.4 million last season. Britton can become a free agent after next season, which made him a strong trade candidate before the injury.

Britton has converted 135 of 145 save opportunities since becoming the Orioles' closer in 2014.

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Kevin Gausman changes jersey number to honor Roy Halladay

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Kevin Gausman changes jersey number to honor Roy Halladay

BALTIMORE  -- Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman will wear No. 34 next season as a tribute to Roy Halladay, who was killed in a plane crash last month.

Gausman announced the switch Thursday on his Twitter account. The right-hander wore No. 39 last year.

Gausman and Halladay are both from Colorado, and the Orioles pitcher said he followed Halladay's career closely and idolized him.

In a post next a photo of his new jersey, Gausman wrote: "Roy gave me the inspiration that I could fulfill even my biggest of dreams -- being a pitcher just like him."

Gausman concluded: "The loss of Roy is tragic and saddening, but I feel honored to have watched everything he achieved."

Halladay died on Nov. 7 when his small plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. He played 16 big league seasons, winning the Cy Young Award in each league and being named an All-Star eight times.