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Zach Britton seeks second opinion from Dr. James Andrews

Mar 20, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

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In news that won’t quell Orioles fans’ fears any, Zach Britton will get a second opinion on his injured shoulder from Dr. James Andrews.

Last month Jim Duquette of MLB.com reported that Britton’s injury was lingering longer than initially expected and could put his status for Opening Day in jeopardy.

Britton immediately tried to downplay that talk, saying his arm “felt like brand new” after throwing a 40-pitch bullpen session, but the 24-year-old southpaw apparently requested the meeting with Dr. Andrews when inflammation resurfaced recently.

Britton posted a 6.75 ERA in 12 starts after July 1 last season, so at this point it wouldn’t be surprising if a significant injury is found and at the very least he’ll begin this season on the disabled list.

  1. drunkenhooliganism - Mar 20, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Everyone takes Dr. Andrews word for it when he says that guys need surgery. Has anyone thought that he might just be a friggin psychopath who likes to deliver pain and suffering to pitchers because his career washed out in high school when he couldn’t top 60 on the juggs gun?

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