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.
Britton was eventually sidelined on the 60-day disabled list on May 5 and was completely shut down for a month.
#Orioles reinstate LHP Zach Britton from 60-day disabled list and transfer INF Ryan Flaherty from 10-day to 60 disabled list.— Rich DubroffMLB (@RichDubroffMLB) July 5, 2017
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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