MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli reports that Orioles closer Zach Britton is expected to miss 45-60 days with a left forearm strain. The club hopes to get him back by the All-Star break.
Britton, 29, missed nearly a month with his forearm injury. He returned on May 2 and made two appearances but his forearm continued to bother him. Britton met with Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who confirmed the diagnosis of a left forearm strain. Thankfully, ElAttrache also found that Britton’s ulnar collateral ligament to be in “perfect condition.”
Brad Brach handled save situations in Britton’s absence and will continue to do so. He saved eight games with a 2.41 ERA in 18 2/3 innings of work.
Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.
Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.
The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.
Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.