Struggling southpaw/rookie Zach Britton has been placed on the 15 day disabled list with a left shoulder pain. This is yet another Oriole pitcher lost out of the rotation. That list of guys includes Brian Matusz, Jake Arrieta, and now Britton. The news that he was headed to the DL came after yet another tough loss against the Kansas City Royals. In that game, he gave up 6 runs and 12 hits in only 5.1 innings. Zach was making only his second start since coming back from his demotion to Double-A Bowie.
Britton started the season as a solid rookie of the year candidate putting up an absurd 5-2 record with a 2.93 ERA. This shoulder pain might have been the cause of his 1-6 record and 7.78 ERA since the start of June. This move was announced just minutes before the game last night. To fill Britton's role on the club, Cesar Izturis was activated from the 60-day DL.