Zach Britton seeks second opinion from Dr. James Andrews

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In news that won’t quell Orioles fans’ fears any, Zach Britton will get a second opinion on his injured shoulder from Dr. James Andrews.

Last month Jim Duquette of MLB.com reported that Britton’s injury was lingering longer than initially expected and could put his status for Opening Day in jeopardy.

Britton immediately tried to downplay that talk, saying his arm “felt like brand new” after throwing a 40-pitch bullpen session, but the 24-year-old southpaw apparently requested the meeting with Dr. Andrews when inflammation resurfaced recently.

Britton posted a 6.75 ERA in 12 starts after July 1 last season, so at this point it wouldn’t be surprising if a significant injury is found and at the very least he’ll begin this season on the disabled list.