Britton to disabled list; Davis scratched in "manager's decision," Erbe DFA'ed
The Orioles just announced a flurry of moves before tonight's first pitch.
Left-hander Zach Britton, who is 6-9 wtih a 4.66 ERA in 20 starts, is headed to the disabled list with a left shoulder strain.
Shortstop Cesar Izturis will take his spot on the 25-man roster and is starting at second base tonight. To get Izturis from the 60-day disabled list and onto the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated Brandon Erbe for assongment.
Erbe is 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA in four games for short-season Aberdeen this season. The 23-year-old, who prepped at McDonogh and once was considered one of the Orioles' top pitching prospects, had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder last August.
Also, first baseman Chris Davis was a late scratch from tonight's lineup. Orioles manager Buck Showalter called it a "manager's decision" and said that it will be addressed after the game. Mark Reynolds is making his third start at first base with Josh Bell, who was supposed to be sent out to make room for Izturis, getting the nod at third.
Shortstop J.J. Hardy remains day-to-day with left ankle soreness.