Zach Britton Sent To Norfolk
The Orioles announced early Wednesday that Zach Britton was option to Triple-A Norfolk. In what may be one of the most disappointing developments of the second half of the season, Britton has struggled in his return to the team after early season shoulder issues.
Britton allowed eight hits, four earned runs (seven total) and four walks during Tuesday's 8-7 win against the Mariners. He lasted just five innings.
Steve Johnson should make his first major league start for the O's tonight.
Britton has a 1-1 record with an 8.10 ERA during five starts this season.
The Orioles' Wei-Yin Chen is the only member of the starting rotation to last this season. Jason Hammel is out with knee problems, while Jake Arrieta, Tommy Hunter and Brian Matusz have been sent down to Triple-A Norfolk at various times. Hunter, who is currently with the Orioles, is prone to giving up home runs, but pitched well against the Rays last week.
Britton had a good rookie campaign a year ago, starting off with a 4-1 record. He struggled off and on throughout the season.
Posted Aug. 8, 2012