Britton to DL, Erbe DFA

The Orioles placed pitcher Zach Britton on the 15-day disabled list tonight with a strained left shoulder. Infielder Cesar Izturis will take Britton’s spot on the 25-man roster.

Britton allowed six runs (four earned) and 12 hits in 5 1/3 innings last night in the Orioles’ 9-4 loss to the Royals. The rookie is 6-9 with a 4.66 ERA in 20 starts, with 122 hits, 40 walks and 68 strikeouts in 110 innings.

The Orioles made room on the 40-man roster for Izturis by designating pitcher Brandon Erbe (McDonogh) for assignment.

Erbe has made a slow recovery from surgery on Aug. 13, 2010 to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

Erbe is 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA in four games (two starts) for short-season Single-A Aberdeen. He’s allowed four earned runs and five hits in 3 2/3 innings.

The intrigue continues here.

First baseman Chris Davis was scratched from the lineup due to a “manager’s decision,” according to a team spokesman. Buck Showalter will address the issue after tonight’s game.

It’s just another day at Camden Yards.

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