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Britton returning to the O’s, Tillman and Itzuris joining him

Zach Britton struck out 15 batters in 11 2/3 innings in three starts at Bowie.

After spending some time in Double-A Bowie, left-handed pitcher Zach Britton will return to the Orioles roster tomorrow in New York. Joining him will be Cesar Izturis, who has been on the disabled list all season so far after having offseason elbow surgery, and Chris Tillman.

Britton is scheduled to pick the second game of the O’s Saturday double-header against the Yankees. He was 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in three games with the Bay Sox, with 14 hits, two walks, and 15 strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings.

Britton started 18 games for the Orioles this season and went 6-7 with a 4.05 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 104.1 innings pitched. He started the year 5-1 but went 1-6 in his last seven decisions, giving the Orioles the ability to send him down to the minors to limit his innings so they could avoid arbitration for an extra year.

Tillman is also expected to pitch in the Saturday double-header. He has struggled every time he’s been with the Orioles but went 3-3 with a 4.17 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 10 games with the Norfolk Tides since being sent down to Triple-A.

Izturis completed a rehab assignment in Bowie, going 3-for-15 with a double and a run scored.

Neither player is officially on the roster yet but a move is expected soon. Blake Davis could be optioned to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for Izturis in the middle of the infield. A trade may happen before Saturday to make room for Britton and Tillman, otherwise Chris Jakubauskas or Troy Patton could be sent down.

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