made it official today in his pre-game meeting with reporters – well, he made it almost official today.
However, that still could change if the Orioles play a long, extra innings game today in Oakland and need Britton in an emergency. In that case, they would have to scramble for a starter Monday.
Britton was 1-0 with a 1.98 ERA in three starts with Triple-A Norfolk. In his career he is 0-0 with a 2.57 ERA in two starts against the Mariners – both at
"He is back in step. He pitched well down there," Showalter said of Britton. "Had two really good outings, he's healthy. He's doing what he's supposed to do."
He left Norfolk at midnight to drive to Baltimore, where he took a 6 a.m. flight so he could arrive in Oakland for this afternoon's game. He was up all night – not sleeping until he got on the plane.
"There was nowhere to sleep in the airport, so in the plane (I slept)," he said. "It obviously is not the best way to be here. Myself, I don't want Teagarden to get hurt. He is a good guy, good teammate. But I am here now."
Exposito, 26, batted .218 with 6 RBIs in 16 games for the Tides. He threw out just one of 16 runners attempting to steal.