In somewhat of a surprise move, the Orioles optioned Zach Britton to Double-A Bowie, a move that not only will ease the innings total on the rookie left-hander, but it likely will keep him under team control for one more season.
Britton, who lasted just 2/3 of an inning in the Orioles' 10-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox last night, is scheduled to pitch three innings for Bowie on Friday. If things go according to plan, he'll return to the Orioles on July 30.
That would mean that he'd be in the minors for the required 20 days for the Orioles to gain an extra year of service time.
"It's tough to swallow those reasons," said Britton who was clearly disappointed.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter insisted that the main reason for the demotion was that Britton is clearly struggling. The team also wants to keep his innings total to around 175, and it's easy to limit him down in the minors.