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Orioles notes: Zach Britton to be held out of second intrasquad game

Orioles notes: Zach Britton to be held out of second intrasquad game

In a move that Orioles manager Buck Showalter said was purely precautionary, closer Zach Britton will not pitch in Wednesday's second intrasquad game. He was scheduled to pitch one inning — or around 15 pitches — in his first spring training action.

Showalter said Britton was starting to "show symptoms" of a possible left oblique injury, so the team decided to skip his appearance Wednesday. He would likely pitch if it was the regular season, but the club didn't want to take an unnecessary chances by rushing its closer out there.

Britton threw a bullpen session as normal on Monday, pitching under the watchful eye of Showalter and...

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