Baltimore Orioles news: Zach Britton to return in early July

With Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton ahead of schedule in recovery from a forearm injury, when could we expect to see Britton back in action?

About a month ago the Baltimore Orioles were told that closer Zach Britton was scheduled to miss 45-60 days. The Baltimore Orioles news was detrimental to a team that once sat atop the American League East Divison standings during the start of the season and owned one of the best records in MLB.

Then, everything went downhill. The Orioles were getting swept, losing close games, blowing leads, until the team would reach where they are now. One game away from being in last- place. So, regaining their star closer would be great, more now than ever.

Britton was scheduled to pitch at a Single-A Iron Birds game. The outing went well and had left many with positive thoughts for Britton’s return. The Baltimore Sun said that Britton “pitched a 12-pitch scoreless first inning in his first game competition since his last appearance with the Orioles on May 4.”

Per, Roch Kubatko Britton is on the calendar to pitch Saturday at Single-A Delmarva, and then most likely will report to Bowie to throw in a series of rehab games.

Coming back to the time timetable for Britton’s return, according to The Baltimore Sun, “Britton was transferred to the 60-day disabled list, which means the Orioles can’t activate him until July 4, which will extend his rehab by a few days.” In essence, the Baltimore Orioles could expect to have Britton back around July 3-5, as long as he doesn’t suffer any setbacks.

Many Oriole fans, myself included, hope for positive results during Britton’s rehab. This is because if you watch the games or keep up with the team, you know the O’s are slumping. This provides that anything could spark the team up, especially getting their star closer back.