Britton's ankle fine after spill against Yanks

Britton's ankle fine after spill against Yanks

BALTIMORE -- Orioles closer Zach Britton joked on Saturday afternoon that he woke up and his foot and ankle were still attached to his body -- a good sign that the left-hander, who took a fall on the mound during Friday's 6-5 win over the Yankees, was going to be OK.

A better sign? Britton making jokes about the matter, which came on the second out in the ninth inning.

"There was a bat shard that kind of flew to my right and [I] kinda glanced at it. I pretty much juked myself out," Britton said of his fall. "I told [manager] Buck [Showalter], 'I appreciate the courtesy visit, but I don't need you.'"

Britton got the out on the play, rebounding to throw to first, on a ball that first baseman Chris Davis made a nice pick on. The lefty remained in the game and got the final out to record his second save.

Britton notches the save

Of course, now that he's OK, Britton took some good-natured ribbing from his teammates about the spill.

"Absolutely," he said when asked if he was teased. "... [Hopefully], we will never see that one again."

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.