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Zach Britton hoping to avoid DL stint after injuring ankle

Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton says he hopes to avoid the disabled list after exiting the team's 8-7 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Saturday with an ankle injury.

"I think I'd be surprised if I had to go on the DL, but we'll see how it feels," said Britton, who was leaning on crutches and in a walking boot as he spoke to reporters Sunday. "It feels pretty good compared to yesterday, how it feels this morning, but it's still some tenderness in there and obviously I'm not walking great. I think you've got to walk fine before I can even start pitching again. Hopefully, it's just a few days and I can maybe throw a bullpen or something, or at least run on it and see how it feels."

Britton came on in the ninth inning of a 7-7 game and struck out the first two batters he faced. The left-hander then hurt his left ankle while fielding a drag bunt by White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton, who was safe on the play.

After team trainers checked on him, Britton left the game in favor of Vance Worley. Two batters later, Jose Abreu singled off Worley, driving in Eaton with what proved to be the winning run.

Britton (1-1) took the loss.

"After I flipped the ball to Chris [Davis], I just kind of felt something and I didn't know if I stepped wrong -- I didn't feel like I rolled it or anything, my ankle, but just didn't feel very good," Britton said.

Manager Buck Showalter said Britton remains day-to-day.

"Not much swelling," Showalter told reporters. "I think he'll be a pitcher shortly -- hopefully. It's the left one. I kind of like that a little better than the right one. I'd rather have that one opposed to the landing foot, but I don't think it was a real [turn], more like jam the capsule into here a little bit as opposed to turning it. Kind of what Richie [Bancells, trainer] thought. The lack of swelling kind of reiterated what Richie thought it was looking at the tape."

The manager would not say who will close for the team with Britton out.

"I'll never tell until I get there," Showalter said. "We've talked about it. We've got some options."

An All-Star last year, Britton has a 2.70 ERA this season. The run he gave up Saturday was just the third he has surrendered in 2016.