Source: Britton's second opinion same as first: Left forearm strain, no elbow damage -

Dan Connolly

Source: Britton’s second opinion same as first: Left forearm strain, no elbow damage

Zach Britton’s examination in Los Angeles on Monday confirmed what team doctors originally diagnosed last week – a strained muscle in his left forearm and no damage to his elbow ligaments.

Britton saw renowned sports medicine specialist Dr. Neal ElAttrache in California on Monday for a second opinion, and the diagnosis was a strain in the belly of the left forearm muscle, according to an industry source.

There was inflammation around the muscle, but Britton’s UCL ligament in his left elbow was in “perfect condition,” the source said.

That’s a relief for Britton and the Orioles, because forearm injuries can be a precursor to elbow-ligament damage.

ElAttrache has suggested rest for the next 10 days or so before Britton can begin a throwing progression in Sarasota, Fla.

There is no set timetable for his return; that will be determined after Britton begins the throwing program.

Britton was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with a recurrence of the forearm strain that sidelined him from April 16 to May 2.

He said Saturday that he probably rushed back from the injury instead of taking more time to rest the strain. He pitched twice last week before feeling discomfort Friday morning.

Britton, 29, had allowed one run in nine innings this season while converting all five save chances in 2017. He converted all 47 save chances last year and won the 2016 Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year Award.


Brad Brach is receiving the majority of save opportunities in Britton’s absence.



  1. junger

    May 9, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Good. We need him back soon.

    As good as Brach can be, watching him pitch the 9th feels too much like watching Jim Johnson in 2013; he’s got the stuff but something always seems to be happening … a walk, a hit on a 2 strike pitch, etc.

    Zach comes in and can simply dominate. The ninth inning needs to be less worrisome.

    • Dan Connolly

      May 9, 2017 at 10:34 am

      With all due respect Junger, you are spoiled. What Britton did was ridiculous. Most good closers are what we’re seeing with O’Day and Brach. It’s just not that easy to do.

      • junger

        May 9, 2017 at 10:47 am

        Truth. Which is why we’re lucky to have Zach.

  2. Boog Robinson Robinson

    May 9, 2017 at 9:32 am

    I’m still very leery of the doctor’s report. The truth isn’t always reported to the public, and things like this seem to snowball. Frankly, after watching Brach struggle to close last night, I’m becoming MUCH more appreciative of Britton’s player over the past 2 seasons. (PS … and Matty Wieters STILL has the clutch gene)

    • Dan Connolly

      May 9, 2017 at 10:36 am

      At this point it looks like Britton will be fine with rest. But, yes, I understand that any issue with the arm/forearm has us conditioned to think the worst.

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