Orioles place closer Britton on 10-day DL with sore forearm

Baltimore Orioles closing pitcher Zach Britton (53) celebrates with Welington Castillo (29) after the Orioles defeated the Toronto Blue Jays in a baseball game in Toronto on Thursday, April 13, 2017. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO (AP) Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left forearm.

Britton says 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 says 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.