SARASOTA, Fla. – Zach Britton says he’s feeling just fine. On Wednesday night, Minnesota's Josh Willingham hit a comebacker that hit off Britton's glove and then his right wrist.
“I didn’t really know because I didn’t see it because it was hit so hard. I got lucky. I really did..If he had squared me up, that probably would have done some damage, but thankfully I was able to get out of the way a little bit," Britton said.
Manager Buck Showalter really liked the way Britton was throwing in his two innings of work. Willingham was set to be Britton’s last hitter.
Britton didn’t have an X-ray and drove away from the ballpark with no worries.
"Just a little sore, but if anything, it felt like if you sleep on your arm wrong and it goes numb. It felt like that. That's probably the hardest comebacker I've ever had hit at me. I was just hoping everything was OK at the time. I couldn't really feel it. It was numb. But any time you get a ball hit back at you, it definitely startles you,” Britton said.
After Zach left the game, Buck Britton, an infielder in the Orioles’ minor league system, came in the game, but no one knew who he was. He wasn’t listed on the travel roster, and is wearing No. 90.
"My mom was watching and I was talking to her on the phone when I was driving back and she said, 'Yep, they have no idea who your brother is right now,'" Britton said.