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Orioles closer Zach Britton ruptures right Achilles tendon

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2017, file photo, Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Zach Britton delivers against the Cleveland Indians during a baseball game in Cleveland. Orioles closer Zach Britton has torn an Achilles tendon in offseason training, a significant injury that could cause him to miss part of the 2018 season. Baltimore executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, confirmed the torn Achilles tendon. (AP Photo/Phil Long, File)

BALTIMORE (AP) — Orioles closer Zach Britton ruptured his right Achilles tendon in offseason training, a significant injury that could cause him to miss part of the 2018 season.

Baltimore executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette on Wednesday confirmed the torn Achilles tendon. It was not immediately clear how long Britton would be out.

In a tweet announcing the injury, the team said Britton was injured Tuesday while training in California and wished him a speedy recovery.

Britton had 15 saves and a 2.89 ERA with the Orioles this past season. In 2016, had a 0.54 ERA and was perfect in save opportunities with a major league-leading 47.

The left-hander, who turns 30 on Friday, is arbitration eligible after making $11.4 million last season. Britton can become a free agent after next season, which made him a strong trade candidate before the injury.

Britton has converted 135 of 145 save opportunities since becoming the Orioles' closer in 2014.


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