The 24-year-old lefty showed up to Spring Training still bothered by a lingering shoulder injury he suffered in August of 2011 and on Sunday night he was scratched from his start in a Single-A game at Twin Lakes Park. Manager Buck Showalter acknowledged that the shoulder injury was to blame.
Britton’s chancing of being on the roster on Opening Day are becoming increasingly more slim, but Showalter still isn’t giving up hope that he’ll be ready. “Dr. Wilckens doesn’t think it’s anything serious. Just something we’ve got to manage and try to get it quieted down,” Showalter told MASNSports.com’s Roch Kubatko.
I’m still frustrated by the fact that Britton could have an injury go unnoticed for six months. I’m no front office executive, but shouldn’t the training staff be checking in on their players during the offseason or working with them to rehab injuries from the previous season?
Britton is a valuable asset to the Orioles and it would be ashamed if the training staff could have helped him this offseason to get him ready for Opening Day.