Out since early May with a strained left forearm, Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton has been activated from the 60-day disabled list. He will be available to pitch Wednesday against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Britton will not immediately re-take the closer role from Brad Brach, but will eventually resume those duties. Instead, he's being eased back into that role.
The 29-year-old closer was absolutely dominant for the Orioles last season, posting a 0.54 ERA and 0.84 WHP while closing out an AL-best 47 games.
Brach has pitched to a solid 2.72 ERA with 15 saves in his stead. But Britton's return promises to be a boon for the Orioles' starting rotation. Not only is he now going to be called on to close out games here soon, it will push Brach to an eighth-inning role.