Orioles' Zach Britton: MRI reveals soreness in left knee is 'not anything serious'

Jon Meoli
Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun

Orioles closer Zach Britton said the MRI on his left knee Thursday was better than he expected considering some of the soreness he’s felt of late, with the results so positive that even a minor cleanup procedure after the season isn't on the table.

"There's nothing that needs to be done from a cleanup standpoint or anything, absolutely not," Britton said. "Structurally, it's actually in really good shape. But it's something that maybe based on how I throw just irritates it throughout the course of the season. 2014 is the first year I went to the bullpen, so maybe as a starter with four days off it was something that wasn't an issue. There's a lot of different things that could have happened, but it's not anything serious."

Britton said Wednesday that the soreness, which he’s felt since 2014, was more significant while he warmed up that day, before his streak of 60 consecutive converted saves ended in an eventual 8-7 win over the Oakland Athletics.

The scan eased some of those concerns.

"It was good news; I think, everything we thought it was going to be,” Britton said. "Obviously, since the issue started in 2014, we never had an image on it, and it was something that was probably a long time coming but I'd just been putting it off because it wasn't something that was affecting me pitching.

"It was perfect timing with the off-day yesterday to just get it done. But the results were good and it's not something that should hinder me from pitching, like it hasn't the last few years."

Britton's season has been dragged down by injury, with two separate stints on the disabled list because of a left forearm strain, and he enters the last week in August having pitched just 25 1/3 innings. With a pair of runs allowed Wednesday, Britton's ERA is 3.55.

Around the horn: Double-A Bowie utility man Garabez Rosa made the postseason Eastern League All-Star team for the second straight season. Rosa, 27, entered Friday batting .316 with 13 home runs for the Baysox. ... The Orioles have still not listed a starter for Sunday's series finale.

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