SARASOTA, Fla -- The updates on Orioles left-hander Zach Britton’s recovery from left-shoulder inflammation are becoming mundane, but they are newsworthy nonetheless.
Britton is continuing his throwing progression with back-to-back throwing sessions Thursday and Friday. He'll take Saturday off and then throw three straight days, when Britton said he would likely begin to mix in some offspeed pitches.
“Maybe I’ll continue throwing like the whole week, maybe have a day off,” Britton said. “We really don’t know yet.”
He’s still throwing off flat ground, but said he wants to throw off a mound by next weekend.
Also, the Orioles had an early workout today – many players are participating in reliever Jim Johnson’s golf tournament – but beforehand several pitchers threw their first open bullpen sessions.
Among those who threw were Brian Matusz, Wei-Yin Chen, Chris Tillman, Jason Berken, Pat Neshek, Armando Galarraga, Jon Link, Miguel Socolovich, Oliver Drake, Willie Eyre, Oscar Villarreal and Steve Johnson.
But the one pitcher who drew a crowd was last year’s first-round pick Dylan Bundy, who threw his session in front of a sizable group that included executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, manager Buck Showalter, other members of the front office and field staff, catcher Matt Wieters and Britton.
Also, minor league catcher Michael Ohlman was in camp today to replace Dane Sardinha, who failed his physical, but the Orioles will bring Caleb Joseph up from minor league camp to fill the empty catcher spot.
The team is also continuing its biomaehanical testing with it's minor league camp pitchers.