ST. PETERSBURG -- The Orioles will give Zach Britton at least one more rehab start, tentatively planning for the 24-year-old to pitch on Tuesday for Triple-A Norfolk, and he will be reassessed after that.
Baltimore doesn't need a fifth starter until June 9 and are employing an extra reliever to help take some of the pressure off the bullpen.
Britton, who made his rehab start for Double-A Bowie on Thursday night, has been moved along slowly since being placed on the disabled list this spring, and one more tuneup isn't necessarily a bad thing.
"We will see what each start brings and where he is," manager Buck Showalter said of Britton, who last went seven innings and received good reports. "Yesterday's was better than the one he had before -- each one has gotten a little better. I'm proud of Zach. He pitched well, especially pitching on the road."
Britton allowied two runs, one earned, on five hits and a walk in Akron, with a wild pitch and throwing error that led to an unearned run. He threw 92 pitches, 55 for strikes, and lowered his Double-A ERA to 0.75 in two starts. Though it's possible he could make a third start for Bowie, Showalter said it's more likely he'll continue his rehab assignment at Norfolk.
Britton, who has been dealing with discomfort in left shoulder since last August, hasn't reported any pain or issues in the shoulder after receiving two rounds of platelet-rich plasma therapy this spring. His rehab has been overseen by Chris Correnti, with Rick Peterson, director of pitcher development, on hand as well.
"It's more now not about the physical [stuff]," Showalter said. "He's feeling really good physically from all the stuff we did to hopefully get that behind him."