BALTIMORE – The Orioles didn’t like what they saw out of Zach Britton on Wednesday night. He threw just 2 1/3 innings, and they decided to send him to Aberdeen to keep pitching.
The IronBirds are in the playoffs, and Britton could pitch for them on Sunday if they need a third game in their best of three against Tri-City. Manager Buck Showalter said that Britton, who is 2-3 with a 5.45 ERA in seven starts, could pitch on Tuesday if Aberdeen, which is the only Orioles affiliate in the playoffs, advances.
Showalter thinks that it’s important for Britton to pitch as soon as possible.
“I’d like to get that taste out of his mouth,” Showalter said.
He didn’t want Britton to wait around for another opportunity to pitch.
“If we had the luxury of a lot more games, it might be a little different situation,” Showalter said.
“Zach feels as good physically as he has in a long time, kind of got in his own way last night. Just want to get the ball back in his hand as soon as I can. It wouldn’t be here physically for a while, and it wouldn’t probably be as a starter here. I have no doubt he’s going to come in and have a great spring next year, I really do.”
Showalter says Britton is still in the Orioles’ plans and he compares him with Chris Tillman, who came to spring training this year without an option remaining.
“He’s in a good situation, career-wise next spring a lot like Tillman. Just want him to come to spring training like he’s got three options just like Tilly did,” Showalter said.
If there’s a need for him when Aberdeen’s season finishes, Britton could still return to the Orioles.
‘We’ll see. We could bring him back here or we could send him to Sarasota, either one,” Showalter said.