“It’s good news from the standpoint that it’s not a full tear,” Showalter said, “since the time frame is a lot shorter.”
Left-hander Zach Britton threw 47 pitches over four innings and in an extended spring training game Tuesday, then went to the bullpen and continued to throw. He finished with 67 pitches and figures to step up from there when he makes his next start Monday.
Britton gave up two hits, did not allow a run and struck out four. He faced rehabbing Boston Red Sox major leaguers Jason Repko and Ryan Kalish in each inning.
Showalter has said Britton needs to work his way up to about 90 pitches before he heads out on an injury-rehabilitation assignment. That means he’s probably going to make two more appearances in Sarasota, Fla.
Around the horn
Second baseman Brian Roberts is diving for balls in the infield as he continues to make steady progress in his recovery from multiple concussions. “The trainers are treating a pretty good strawberry from sliding,” Showalter said. “That’s a good sign.” … Robert Andino was back in the leadoff spot on Tuesday night, and Xavier Avery hit ninth against CC Sabathia. ... The Orioles removed left-hander Dontrelle Willis from the restricted list and assigned him to short-season Single-A Aberdeen, according to Triple-A Norfolk’s Twitter account. ... Double-A Bowie placed outfielder Ronnie Welty, the Orioles’ Minor League Player of the Month for April, on the disabled list. Welty had batted .291 with six RBIs, one homer and seven doubles in 14 games for the Baysox.