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Report: Orioles closer Zach Britton ruptures Achilles, will miss at least six months

Orioles closer Zach Britton has suffered a serious injury this offseason. Tuesday, he ruptured his Achilles tendon while working out, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. As we know, this means Britton will miss at least six months and it could run something like eight months or even the entire 2018 season. 

Britton, 29, was 15 of 17 in save chances with a 2.89 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 29 strikeouts in 37 1/3 innings last season. He battled forearm issues through much of the season and it seemed to drastically affect his control. He walked 17 hitters unintentionally in his 37 1/3 innings, which was more than he unintentionally walked (15) in 67 innings in 2016. In fact, Britton was the best closer in baseball in 2016, finishing fourth in AL Cy Young voting after going 47 for 47 in saves with a 0.54 ERA and 0.84 WHIP. 

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