BALTIMORE -- Closer Zach Britton left the Orioles on Monday to fly home to California, where his wife, Courtney, is expected to give birth to their first child later that evening.
Courtney's due date was Thursday, but with the American League Championship Series scheduled to begin the following day, the Brittons decided to take advantage of the off-days created by the Orioles' sweep of the Tigers in the AL Division Series by inducing labor on Monday.
Britton, the former starting pitcher prospect turned closer, got the save in the ALDS-clinching Game 3 on Sunday in Detroit. After assuming the closer's role on May 15, he converted 37 saves in 41 opportunities with a 1.65 ERA and 0.90 WHIP.
He is expected back in time for Game 1 of the ALCS against the Royals at Camden Yards.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.