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Zach Britton’s arm felt “like brand new” after 30-40 pitches

Feb 16, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

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Jim Duquette of MLB.com (not to be confused with Baltimore general manager Dan Duquette) reported earlier this week that Orioles starter Zach Britton‘s shoulder injury “is still lingering” and his “workload will be limited in spring training.”

That may still prove accurate, but Britton took the mound today and threw 30-40 pitches, reporting no problems and telling Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com that his arm felt “like brand new.”

Britton described the mound session as going “really well” and said Orioles coaches “were impressed with the velocity I was able to put up.” He’s scheduled to throw again Saturday, which as Ghiroli notes will provide a big test because Britton often struggle to bounce back from outings late last season as he posted a 6.79 ERA in 12 starts after July 1.

  1. Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Feb 16, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Last season this guy seemed like a future stud early on, but I’m not sold on him unless he finds a way to get his K/9 up. Playing in front of a bad defense in hitter-friendly parks does not bode well for a ground-ball pitcher unable to get swinging strikes.

  2. dowhatifeellike - Feb 16, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Since inflammation is the problem, how he feels today is meaningless. ask him how he feels tomorrow.

  3. farvefromover - Feb 16, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Whose ready to watch the O’s suck again this year…

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