Zach Britton leaves Orioles for birth of child, should be back for start of ALCS


If going to the ALCS wasn’t exciting enough for Orioles closer Zach Britton, he’s also about to become a dad for the first time. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun has the story:

Courtney Britton, whose pregnancy is full term, will have her labor induced Monday night in California, Britton said. He left Baltimore around 5 p.m. and will join his wife there. Assuming everything goes OK and both Courtney and his son are doing well, Britton will fly back to Baltimore on Wednesday and could take part in the workout Thursday.

At this point, Britton expects to be ready for Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Kansas City Royals on Friday.

This is actually the second time that the arrival of baby Britton has been adjusted. Doctors originally scheduled Britton’s wife to be induced this Thursday, but that’s pushing things a little close with Game 1 of the ALCS set to begin Friday night all the way across the country in Baltimore. So they adjusted again.

Of course, Royals closer Greg Holland can relate to his counterpart with the Orioles. His wife gave birth last week amid the Royals’ incredible postseason run.

Yankees designate Kendrys Morales for assignment

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The New York Yankees have designated Kendrys Morales for assignment.

Morales, 36, hit just .177/.320/.242 with one homer over 19 games with New York. This after he had a disastrous run with the A’s to start the 2019 season, hitting a mere .204/.310/.259 with a lone home run and seven RBI in 126 trips to the plate. Now that Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are back there’s no room for him anyway, so it kind of doesn’t matter.

Morales had a solid year for the Blue Jays last season, posting a .769 OPS with 21 homers across 130 games, but it’s hard to see him catching on anyplace right now. Indeed, it may be the end of the line for the 13-year veteran.