Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton has been placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a left flexor forearm strain, the team announced on Sunday. He had experienced pain throwing his curveball in Friday’s win over the Blue Jays, but remained in the game to collect the save.
“He should miss two to four weeks depending on severity,” the Fantasy Doctor’s Dr.Selene Parekh said. “Sometimes plasma rich platelet or stem cell injections are required to treat this. If he does not heal properly in the next few weeks, he would need another MRI to evaluate if Tommy John surgery is necessary.”
It is a tough lost for Baltimore who is currently sitting atop the American League East. Britton has established himself as one of the top closers in all of baseball. This injury is particularly concerning for the Orioles organization and fantasy owners alike due to the uncertainty of his return date.”
Britton garnered the third most first place in last years Cy Young Award voting. He had a eye-opening 0.54 ERA and 74 strikeouts en route for an American League-best 47 saves. He was leading the American League with five saves, prior to being placed on the disabled list.
Britton should be placed on fantasy owners DL roster spot until he returns. Luckily for Baltimore, they have one of the deeper bullpens in baseball.
Brad Brach will be making the ninth inning appearances for the Orioles until Britton returns. He has been one of the Orioles most consistent relievers in recent memory. He posted a 2.72 ERA with 89 strikeouts in 2015 and had a 2.05 ERA with 92 strikeouts in 2016. Thus far in 2017, Brach has struck out 10 batters and has not allowed a run in six innings pitched.
There is no question Brach has closer-type stuff, but the success of Britton has blocked his path to a promotion. He should be owned in all fantasy leagues as long as Britton is on the shelf.
The hard-throwing Mychal Givens should also move up a spot to become the team’s set-up man. But Brach is the one to own in the wake of Britton’s injury.