Orioles closer Zach Britton dealing with possible oblique injury

Being drafted by the White Sox 26th overall in 2016 was pretty cool for Burdi. He’s from Downers Grove, a Chicago suburb that’s roughly 26 miles from the White Sox’s home ballpark (now called Guaranteed Rate Field).

His older brother, Nick, was a closer at Louisville, too. Nick was a second-round pick by the Twins in the 2014 draft, and he’s at Double-A Chattanooga right now. In his 91 1/3 career inning in the minors, Nick has 129 strikeouts. So, yeah, it runs in the family.
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Orioles closer Zach Britton will be held out of an intrasquad game Wednesday after experiencing oblique soreness, manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday.

Britton, 29, instead will be allowed to rest as spring training ramps up. The extent of a possible injury should become more clear later this week.
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Oblique injuries can be problematic, especially for pitchers, as some players have missed several weeks. The Orioles will be overly cautious with their bullpen stud with over a month left until opening day. Baltimore begins its spring training schedule Friday against the Tigers.

The left-hander was phenomenal in 2016, converting all 47 of his save chances while gaining Cy Young consideration. He also finished the season with a miniscule 0.54 ERA and 0.83 WHIP.

Through all their struggles, the Rockies are going to field a very potent offense in 2017. While Ian Desmond fell off after a hot start to his 2016 renaissance, playing in the thin air at Coors Field will only help his numbers. Arguably the biggest acquisition of Colorado’s offseason is the hiring of manager Bud Black, one of the most respected baseball men in the game. If Colorado and MVP-candidate Nolan Arenado can get it going offensively in 2017, they’re going to give a lot of pitchers problems.

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