Orioles send Britton, Schoop, Navarro to Norfolk

Zach Britton Orioles send Britton, Schoop, Navarro to NorfolkThe Orioles sent left-hander Zach Britton and infielders Jonathan Schoop and Yamaico Navarro to Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday, reducing the team’s roster to 40.

Britton had notched a 6.10 ERA in five games (including three starts) over 10 1/3 innings in spring training.

Schoop batted .667 with a home run and four RBIs in three exhibition games.

Navarro batted .276 with four RBIs in 21 spring training games.

“It’s disappointing, but I think you understand it’s a fierce competition and guys have thrown better than me. Plain and simple,” Britton said. “I have some things I need to get better at. Coming off that injury last year, I still feel like there are some adjustments that need to be made and it’s easier to do that down there than the big league level. Especially because we want to win right off the bat. Hopefully, spend a month down there, get everything straightened out and then help the team. And I feel like that’s more beneficial, rather than starting with the team and struggling and not feeling right. I think it’s beneficial and I’m going to use it that way.”

The timing surprised Britton, though the end result was probably expected, especially after he allowed five runs and seven hits in 1 2/3 innings in his last start.

“It’s disappointing, but I think you understand it’s a fierce competition and guys have thrown better than me. Plain and simple,” Britton said, according to MASN Sports. “I have some things I need to get better at. Coming off that injury last year, I still feel like there are some adjustments that need to be made and it’s easier to do that down there than the big league level. Especially because we want to win right off the bat. Hopefully, spend a month down there, get everything straightened out and then help the team. And I feel like that’s more beneficial, rather than starting with the team and struggling and not feeling right. I think it’s beneficial and I’m going to use it that way.”

Britton allowed five runs and seven hits in 1 2/3 innings in his last start.

“I guess, but Jake (Arrieta) has been throwing the ball well,” Britton said. “It’s a competition and he’s definitely proving that he probably deserves it. Him and (Brian Matusz) have both done really well. You can’t take anything away from those guys. And like I said, I think I have stuff I need to work on. Mentally, I don’t think I was feeling like I was ready to be with the team and I’m sure they saw that. I think I need to get some things straightened out at minor league camp. And it’s a lot easier to do that rather than being in that competition and really trying to get people out. In minor league camp, I can do some things a little bit differently and not worry about those results.

“It’s frustrating. For me, I had that bad outing last time and that hurt my chances. But guys that have thrown well and do get sent down, I think that affects them. It’s tough. You want to pitch well and make the team, and when that doesn’t happen, I think it hurts those guys a little more. But I feel like there’s stuff I need to work on and get better at.”

Britton wasn’t given a timetable as far as a return to the Big Leagues.

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