Orioles's Britton ruptures Achilles, out at least 4 months

Dec 20, 2017 - 8:17 PM Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton ruptured his Achilles tendon during a workout and is expected to be sidelined at least four months.

Britton's injury will require surgery on Thursday in California to be performed by Dr. Ken Jung.

"It was after throwing, I was just doing my regular running," Britton said Wednesday. "Felt like something punched me in the leg. I went down. It was probably the most painful thing I've ever experienced."

Britton, who was an All-Star in 2015 and 2016, led the league two seasons ago with 47 saves and had an 0.54 ERA and 0.836 WHIP.

The 29-year-old was slowed last season by two stints on the disabled list with a forearm strain before an MCL strain in his left knee ended his campaign. He was limited to just 38 games, registering just 15 saves while posting a 2.89 ERA and a 1.527 WHIP.

Britton was expected to be the subject of trade rumors since he will be a free agent at the conclusion of the 2019 season.

The Orioles likely will turn to Brad Brach and Mychal Givens in the later innings.

"Fortunately, we have some capable people in the end of our bullpen," said Dan Duquette, the executive vice president of baseball operations. "We were definitely looking around this offseason for left-handers, so we will continue to look for another left-hander."

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