He didn't. And that's not a bad thing.
Because now the 25-year-old lefty gets the call to start Monday night at
"I am definitely excited. I just want to kind of continue what I was doing in Norfolk and not try to change anything," said Britton, who was 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in three Triple-A games. "Hopefully I can give us some innings and get off to a good start."
Britton was recalled Thursday to provide insurance for a stretched-thin bullpen. But since he wasn't needed, he was the obvious choice to fill Monday's opening in the rotation.
"He kind of fell, initially, in the right spot where he could provide us some length when we needed it,"
In Britton's past two minor league starts he allowed just one run each while recording 28 groundball outs and no fly outs while throwing his sinker more than 80 percent of the time.
"He is back in step. He pitched well down there," Showalter said of Britton, who was 5-3 with a 5.07 ERA for the Orioles last year. "Had two really good outings [in Norfolk]. He's healthy. He's doing what he's supposed to do."
Britton also has had some success against the Mariners. He is 0-0 with a 2.57 ERA in two starts versus Seattle — both at
"They have a lot of different guys now, so a different approach," Britton said. "But in the past they've been an aggressive team, which kind of feeds in to what I want to do. So if they are the same way, hopefully I can pound the zone and get quick outs."
Taylor Teagarden left the team Sunday to fly back to Baltimore. He'll travel to Sarasota and meet with hand specialist Dr. Brian Schofield on Monday or Tuesday. The Orioles will have a more exact timetable for Teagarden's return after that. Initially, he is expected to miss three-to-four weeks.
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