Britton to throw first bullpen Friday

Orioles left-handed pitcher Zach Britton will throw his first bullpen session on Friday in Sarasota, as the 24-year-old continues to progress back from left shoulder impingement that put him on the disabled list to start the season. Britton, who has been on a long toss program at the team’s spring facility, has reported no problems in his recovery and his first ‘pen was actually moved up a day from its original schedule, which is encouraging news. He will throw between 20-25 pitches, with the plan being mostly fastballs with some changeups mixed in.

Britton received two rounds of platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy last month, a new and increasingly popular procedure that he hopes will help heal the inflammation in his left shoulder that has plagued him since August. The plan for him moving forward remains very tentative, but the organization should have a better idea when to expect after he throws a few bullpens in the next week. Britton would need 20-25 days on rehab assignment to build up innings wise, so my best guess –and that’s really all it is — is an early June return.

The PRP procedure consists of putting the patient’s blood through a centrifuge to isolate platelets and growth factors. Those are then injected back into the injured area to accelerate both healing and tissue growth.

Britton went 11-11 with a 4.61 ERA in his rookie season in 2011.


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