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Orioles place Zach Britton on disabled list with strained shoulder

Aug 5, 2011, 7:49 PM EDT

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Zach Britton‘s rookie campaign has taken another unfortunate turn.

According to Roch Kubato of, the Orioles have placed Britton on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left shoulder. He was cleared to make room for Cesar Izturis, who is back from elbow surgery.

It’s always scary when you hear something about a pitcher’s shoulder, but hopefully this is more about fatigue and/or losing his mechanics than Britton being seriously hurt. The young left-hander has allowed 15 runs (10 earned) on 19 hits over two starts since returning from the minor leagues last Saturday.

Britton, 23, has a 4.66 ERA and 68/40 K/BB ratio over 20 starts this season. After posting an impressive 2.89 ERA through his first 10 major league starts, he has an ERA of 8.00 over his last 10 outings. Ouch.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 5, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    What is going on with Baltimore’s young pitchers? Is it bad coaching? Have they been brought up too soon? Is the training staff at fault? So many promising arms, such poor results and injuries.

    • JBerardi - Aug 5, 2011 at 9:24 PM

      What’s going on with Baltimore’s young players? Has anyone they’ve called up in recent memory actually lived up to expectations? Matt Wieters tears do not cure cancer or even acne, Nick Markakis’ power is showing up mostly on the sides of milk cartons these days, and Adam Jones is… I dunno, not very good.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 5, 2011 at 10:42 PM

        Jones did hit his 19th home run of the season tonight.

      • zsachse - Aug 5, 2011 at 10:44 PM

        Adam Jones is pretty good actually, but he didn’t come up through the Orioles system

  2. stinkfist5 - Aug 5, 2011 at 8:37 PM

    This crap is starting to get to me. Will anything break in the O’s favor…I’m so looking forward to football.

    • zsachse - Aug 5, 2011 at 10:43 PM

      At some point this can’t all be bad luck. All throgh the system young arms are hurt or losing velocity. Arrieta, Britton, Matusz,Tillman, Klein, Erbe, Spoone, Hobgood. Honestly thats way to many pitchers who were injred or lost velocity.

  3. jimbo1949 - Aug 5, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    This is the guy the Yankees lit up last Saturday: 1/3 inning, 10 batters, 7 runs scored and 2 left on that the new pitcher Berken let score.
    Maybe they need a new pitching coach…….oh, that’s right.

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