O’s not worried about Britton

Frederick Keys lefty Zach Britton, one of the O’s top pitching prospects, left his start after just two scoreless innings on Sunday, but the Orioles aren’t too worried at this point.

“He said he just didn’t feel right,” O’s pitching co-ordinater Dave Schmidt, who was at the game in Frederick, said today. “He said there wasn’t any pain or tightness, he just didn’t quite feel right, so the staff did the right thing and took him out as precaution.”

Britton is 9-6, 2.70 this year in 24 starts covering 140 innings. The 21-year-old leads the Carolina League in strikeouts.

“There’s nothing to be alarmed about with this,” Schmidt said.

Britton is scheduled to make one more start this year, but that is likely doubtful now.

“His year has been outstanding.” Schmidt said. “His fastball velocity made a nice jump this year as he has gotten bigger and stronger. He really worked on his third pitch, the changeup. His walk to strikeouts and hits to innings ratio are solid. He’s done all we wanted him to this year.”

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