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Orioles aiming to get Zach Britton back next week

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The Orioles are hoping to get closer Zach Britton back from the 60-day disabled list next week, MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports. Britton ruptured his right Achilles tendon during an offseason workout in December.

Britton began a rehab assignment on May 30. He will pitch on back-to-back days on Monday and Tuesday, giving the Orioles an idea as to whether or not he’s ready to be activated. In four rehab appearances thus far, Britton has allowed two hits and hit a batter while striking out five in 4 1/3 scoreless innings.

The 19-41 Orioles have not had many save opportunities, but Brad Brach has handled them when they have popped up. He’s 10-for-11 in save chances with a 3.13 ERA and a 25/12 K/BB ratio. Brach figures to remain in the closer’s role as the O’s ease Britton back into things but will eventually cede the role if Britton proves effective.

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”

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