Still sore, Britton won't be rushed by O's

Still sore, Britton won't be rushed by O's

Still sore, Britton won't be rushed by O's
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that left-hander Zach Britton, sidelined with left shoulder inflammation, would not pitch on Monday in a Minor League game. The plan had called for Britton, who has not pitched in a Major League game this spring, to make his first appearance, but Showalter said the 24-year-old "came up a little sore."

Showalter said that Britton felt good after throwing two innings and 31 pitches in a Triple-A game on Thursday, but soreness developed Saturday.

"He called [trainer Richie Bancells] last night, and we were waiting to see what it was like today," Showalter said. "It was a little sore. He was scheduled to start tomorrow, and won't."

Dr. John Wilckens, the team orthopedist, examined Britton's shoulder, and the staff decided to adjust his timetable.

"I think there's some inflammation in there," Showalter said. "Dr. Wilckens doesn't think it's anything serious, but it's just something that you have to manage."

Showalter does not want to speculate on Britton's status at the end of Spring Training, but the lefty's spot in the rotation come Opening Day is in jeopardy.

"Let's see where we are on Tuesday," Showalter said. "Let's not jump the gun on it. We'd like to see him recover from his work day a little better."