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Orioles | Zach Britton credited with win

Thu, 05 May 2016 19:11:34 -0700

Baltimore Orioles RP Zach Britton (ankle) struck out three batters in 1 1/3 scoreless innings in a victory over the New York Yankees Wednesday, May 5, with no hits allowed and just one walk. He improved to 2-1 on the season with the win.

Fantasy Tip: It was Britton's first appearance since he injured his left ankle in a game versus the Chicago White Sox Saturday, April 30. He should be viewed as one of the top closers in baseball going forward.

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Orioles | Zach Britton close to returning to mound

Thu, 05 May 2016 13:53:28 -0700

Baltimore Orioles RP Zach Britton (ankle) is "very close" to being available to pitch, manager Buck Showalter said Thursday, May 5.

Fantasy Tip: Britton could pitch as early as Thursday, and you can expect him back on the bump by the weekend. Unless you're overflowing with quality relievers, you'll want to keep Britton in your starting lineups. Dating back to 2014, Britton has 79 saves with a 1.84 ERA, a 0.93 WHIP and a 9.1 K/9. He is pushing for membership among the elite fantasy closers.

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Orioles | Zach Britton tests ankle

Wed, 04 May 2016 12:30:57 -0700

Baltimore Orioles RP Zach Britton (ankle) threw 10 pitches in the bullpen Wednesday, May 4, and felt good. He is unsure when he'll be cleared to pitch.

Fantasy Tip: Britton plans to wear a brace on his ankle when he returns to action, which could be any day now. Keep him in all starting lineups. Darren O'Day recorded the save in Britton's absence last night, but with Britton expected to return soon, O'Day will return to his eighth-inning setup role.

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Orioles | Zach Britton has no structural damage

Tue, 03 May 2016 14:03:16 -0700

Baltimore Orioles RP Zach Britton's (ankle) MRI exam showed no structural damage to his left ankle, and he'll attempt to play catch Tuesday, May 3. Britton said he thinks he should be able to return sometime this week. He's taking it day-to-day. "I feel a lot better (compared to Saturday night)," Britton said. "I think flexibility, range of motion is back. It's just swollen. It's got some bruising, but as long as I can manage the pain, I think that's going to be the biggest issue."

Fantasy Tip: Britton should avoid a stint on the DL unless he has a setback. The O's haven't had a save chance since Britton was hurt over the weekend, so it's anybody's guess between Darren O'Day, Brad Brach and Mychal Givens as to who Buck Showalter would use in place of Britton. With Britton likely back soon, the urgency to pick up one of the other relievers for save chances is minimal.

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Orioles | Zach Britton could pitch this week

Mon, 02 May 2016 10:38:29 -0700

The MRI results are unknown for Baltimore Orioles RP Zach Britton (ankle), but he is feeling much better and could pitch in the series against the New York Yankees this week.

Fantasy Tip: Britton is day-to-day right now and looks like he'll avoid the DL. If he misses any save opportunities this week, Darren O'Day is likely to see chances in the ninth inning. Scoop him up immediately if he's available in your league and you're seeking saves, but keep in mind it could be short-lived.

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Orioles | Zach Britton hopes to avoid DL

Mon, 02 May 2016 09:31:56 -0700

Baltimore Orioles RP Zach Britton (ankle) is hoping to avoid the disabled list. However, he was using crutches when he spoke to reporters Sunday, May 1, and was in a walking boot. "It feels pretty good compared to yesterday, how it feels this morning, but it's still some tenderness in there and obviously I'm not walking great. I think you've got to walk fine before I can even start pitching again. Hopefully, it's just a few days and I can maybe throw a bullpen or something, or at least run on it and see how it feels," Britton said. Manager Buck Showalter said Britton remains day-to-day, and Showalter would not name a closer with Britton out.

Fantasy Tip: It's really up in the air what Showalter may do in the ninth if Britton is unavailable. The O's could elect to keep Darren O'Day in an eighth-inning setup role, which would set up Brad Brach or Mychal Givens for save chances. O'Day and Brach should be your first targets if you're looking for saves, but keep in mind this could be a fluid situation. And Britton may not miss much time when it's all said and done.

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Orioles | MRI slated for Zach Britton on Monday

Sun, 01 May 2016 14:56:16 -0700

Baltimore Orioles RP Zach Britton (ankle) is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday, May 2, after injuring his left ankle in a loss to the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, April 30.

Fantasy Tip: X-rays came back negative on Sunday, but the Orioles want to do their due diligence to make sure there is nothing wrong structurally. Darren O'Day is the most likely reliever to take over as the closer should Britton miss time, so he is probably worth a speculative add for any owner desperate for saves.

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Orioles | Brad Brach, Mychal Givens could close

Sun, 01 May 2016 08:36:03 -0700

Updating a previous report, if Baltimore Orioles RP Zach Britton (ankle) misses an extended amount of time due to a sprained left ankle, RPs Brad Brach and Mychal Givens appear to be the most likely candidates to receive save opportunities. P Dylan Bundy is considered a long-shot to be used in a ninth-inning role because of his low strikeout totals, as well as the fact that the team may decide to stretch him out so that he can be used as a starter later this year.

Fantasy Tip: At this point, Britton is considered day-to-day and he is looking to avoid his first stint on the disabled list since 2012. He is one of the top closers in the game and should remain stashed in all fantasy formats. Brach appears to have an edge over Givens because of his extensive closing experience as a minor leaguer in the San Diego Padres' organization, while Givens has struggled mightily versus left-handed batters this year. Lefties are hitting .533 against Givens in 2016, while righties are batting just .182. Brach and Givens are worth adding in AL-only fantasy leagues, as well as in any other format if you're desperate for saves.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Baltimore Sun - Jon Meoli

Orioles | Zach Britton nursing ankle sprain

Sat, 30 Apr 2016 22:17:12 -0700

Baltimore Orioles RP Zach Britton (ankle) suffered a sprained left ankle in the ninth inning of the game Saturday, April 30, against the Chicago White Sox. He is considered day to day. Britton hasn't been on the 15-day disabled list since 2012.

Fantasy Tip: If Britton is forced to miss time Brad Brach or Dylan Bundy might be used for ninth-inning duties. Fantasy owners should reserve Britton until he can officially return and prove his health in a full appearance without any setbacks.

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Orioles | Zach Britton cruises through two innings

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 15:32:31 -0700

Baltimore Orioles RP Zach Britton threw two scoreless innings with just two infield hits allowed and two strikeouts during a Class A game Wednesday, March 16.

Fantasy Tip: Britton has 73 saves over the past two seasons with 141 strikeouts through 142 innings to go along with an excellent 1.77 ERA and 0.94 WHIP. Additionally, he induced a high-end 79.1% ground-ball rate and improved his FIP to 2.01 in 2015. While Britton isn't being ranked or drafted as a top-tier closer, his numbers are extremely close. He is a ripe value to target in the middle rounds.

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