Orioles better Zach Britton tears Achilles in offseason exercise

Orioles better Zach Britton suffered a torn Achilles while working out Tuesday and is expected to miss at least six months, December 20, 2017

The injury is the most current in a series of medical problems for the left-hander, who turns 30 on Friday. Last season, Britton served 2 stints on the disabled list with a lower arm pressure and likewise dealt with a knee concern, eventually shutting it down in mid-September.

An extended lack for the two-time closer might prompt the Orioles to redouble their efforts to trade star Manny Machado, as Baltimore’s hopes of competing with the Yankees and Red Sox now look even more remote.Britton was an All-Star in 2015 and 2016, ending up fourth in Cy Young voting the latter season after publishing a 0.54 ERA and an AL-best 47 conserves.