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Closer report: Brach, Belisle, others who can help

With Zack Britton's knee acting up, guess which O's reliever is Brach in the closing picture? Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports

For fantasy owners who held onto Baltimore Orioles right-handed set-up man Brad Brach, there appears to be some good news for you. Lefty closer Zach Britton is still having knee problems and is scheduled for a procedure on Thursday. Britton is surely done for this week and the rest of his 2017 appears to be in doubt, especially since the Orioles will not be going to the playoffs. A year ago, quite famously, Britton didn’t pitch in the club’s most important game. Now he’s likely missing all the ones that are left.

There’s no telling how many save chances Brach will be offered or how many he will convert, but he’s already saved 17 games this season and performed quite capably all year long. If Britton had missed considerably more time this season, Brach could have saved 30-plus games.