TORONTO — Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton has been placed on the 10-day disabled list because of a strained left forearm.
Britton said he felt pain while throwing a curveball in the ninth inning of Friday’s win over the Blue Jays. Britton earned the save in that game, his fifth this season, and matched Tom Gordon by converting his 54th consecutive opportunity, the second-longest streak ever. The record belongs to Eric Gagne (84).
Baltimore Manager Buck Showalter said he isn’t certain Britton will be ready to return as soon as he’s eligible on April 26.
The Orioles recalled right-hander Stefan Crichton from Triple-A Norfolk. Crichton had been optioned to Norfolk on Saturday to make room for right-hander Alec Asher but is allowed to return to replace an injured player.
ATHLETICS: Oakland’s game against the Houston Astros on Sunday was postponed by rain, Oakland’s first home rainout since April 2014.
The game will be made up on Sept. 9 as part of a doubleheader.
Rain began early in the morning and was expected to continue throughout Sunday. The postponement was announced two hours before the scheduled first pitch.
“You always try to avoid the rainouts, yet looking at the forecast it looked like it was the right thing to do,” A’s Manager Bob Melvin said. “I’m shocked. Since I’ve been here, it’s probably only rained a little bit during a game one time. I haven’t seen (the tarp) rolled out too many times.”
Oakland was rained out at home on April 1, 2014, and a game was postponed three days later when the grounds crew failed to put out the tarp and rain muddied the infield.
RAYS: Right-hander Jake Odorizzi was put on the 10-day disabled list by Tampa Bay because of a strained left hamstring.
Odorizzi left his start Saturday after throwing the first pitch of the second inning during Boston’s 2-1 win over the Rays.
Manager Kevin Cash said after the game that “we anticipate this will be a short stay.”
Right-hander Chase Whitley was recalled from Triple-A Durham.
BLUE JAYS: Right-hander Aaron Sanchez was placed on the 10-day disabled list because of a blister on his middle finger, another blow to a struggling team off to a 2-10 start.
The AL ERA leader last season, Sanchez allowed five runs and seven hits, including three home runs, in a loss to Baltimore on Friday. He’s 0-1 with a 4.38 ERA. The blister has been bothering him since spring training, and also was an issue last September.
Toronto recalled left-hander Matt Dermody from Triple-A Buffalo.
The Blue Jays lost 2015 AL MVP Josh Donaldson to a calf injury Thursday and put him on the 10-day DL Friday.
GIANTS: Jarrett Parker was placed on the 10-day disabled list by San Francisco, a day after he broke his collarbone by slamming into the fence while catching a fly ball.
The 28-year-old, hitting .143 in nine games this season, robbed Colorado’s DJ LeMahieu of a potential extra-base hit in the Rockies’ 5-0 win Saturday at San Francisco.
REDS: Left-hander Brandon Finnegan became the fourth Cincinnati starting pitcher to go on the disabled list and is expected to miss at least a month because of a strained left shoulder.
Finnegan lasted just one inning of the Reds’ 7-5 win over the Brewers on Saturday and joined right-hander Rookie Davis on the 10-day disabled list Sunday. Right-handers Homer Bailey and Anthony DeSclafani are on the 60-day disabled list.
INDIANS: Second baseman Jason Kipnis (sore right shoulder) had an RBI double in a rehab game for Triple-A Columbus. He is expected to play for Columbus on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Angels: Relief pitcher Huston Street (right lat strain) is playing catch, but is likely three weeks to a month away from returning. Street was injured in his first spring training outing.
Marlins: Third baseman Martin Prado (right hamstring) is expected to rejoin the team on Monday after completing a rehab assignment with Single-A Jupiter.
“I’m feeling ready to go,” Prado said. “It’s been a fun four days getting back to my routine and I’ve been able to play defense and offense and not worry about running the bases. I think I’m close as I can be to play at this level now.”