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Orioles starter Zach Britton still bothered by shoulder injury

Feb 15, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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Zach Britton struggled in the second half last season, including an August stint on the disabled list with a shoulder strain, and Jim Duquette of reports that the 24-year-old left-hander’s injury “is still lingering” and his “workload will be limited in spring training.”

Britton had a 3.38 ERA in 16 starts through the end of June and then posted a 6.79 ERA in 12 starts after July 1, finishing with a 4.61 ERA and 97/62 K/BB ratio in 154 innings overall.

If healthy his spot in the rotation won’t be in question, but when shoulder problems from August remain in February that isn’t very encouraging for a young pitcher.

  1. 13yrsmlbvet - Feb 15, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    No surprise. O’s medical staff and work ethic of their team is among the worst in baseball. Every player who leaves there has nothing good to say about how they were treated.

    • fellspointbird - Feb 15, 2012 at 1:10 PM

      Would you care to provide evidence of this?

  2. dowhatifeellike - Feb 15, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    This is officially the end of the off-season optimism for the O’s fanbase. It’s all down hill from here.

    • unknowneric - Feb 15, 2012 at 4:10 PM

      Wait… we were supposed to have optimism?

      • dowhatifeellike - Feb 15, 2012 at 5:26 PM

        Supposed to? No. But some of us have Stockholm Syndrome; we just can’t help it.

  3. uschawk - Feb 15, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    And so it begins for the Orioles and their fans alike.

  4. Brian Murphy - Feb 15, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    During that rough second half, Britton to became the only pitcher since 1919 give up at least eight runs in two different starts in which he recorded two or fewer outs during a single season.

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