Orioles closer Britton hopes to be back sooner than later

BALTIMORE (AP) Orioles closer Zach Britton is preparing for a much longer stay on the disabled list this time after returning too quickly from a forearm injury.

Britton was initially on the DL from April 16 to May 2 with a strained left forearm. He pitched in two games, felt discomfort in his pitching arm and was put back on the 10-day disabled list on Saturday.

The left-hander visited Dr. Neal ElAttrache, an orthopedist based in Los Angeles, on Monday. After an MRI and an examination, Britton was placed on a program designed to restore strength in his forearm.

How long he stays on the DL remains unclear, but Britton intends to return well before the All-Star break, refuting reports he could be out for 60 days.

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