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Orioles notes: Ryan Webb closer to return from knee injury

Orioles right-hander Ryan Webb, shelved since tweaking his left knee Sunday, resumed throwing on Friday, manager Buck Showalter said.

Orioles right-hander Ryan Webb, shelved since tweaking his left knee Sunday, resumed throwing on Friday, manager Buck Showalter said.

Webb injured the knee while playing catch before Sunday's workout. He initially thought nothing of the discomfort and continued participating in drills. After icing it all day, Webb noticed the swelling increased, and he said he was told he developed an allergic reaction to the ice.

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He's been receiving treatment since.

"He felt a lot better," Showalter said Friday.

Showalter said Webb will likely need to throw one more bullpen session before he returns for games. Showalter said Webb likely won't get into a game until after the weekend.

More injury updates

Infielder Paul Janish has been cleared to play after surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow four weeks ago.

Showalter said that Janish is scheduled to DH in the Orioles' minor league exhibition game against the Puerto Rico developmental team Saturday. He could also see time in the team's "B" game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday on the Ed Smith Stadium field.

Janish has been throwing from 90 feet, so Showalter was unsure how much he'd be able to play the field. Showalter offered Janish the opportunity to see time at first base.

"He's going to see about playing the field," the manager said. "I might DH him every inning to get him some at bats."

Showalter said he's not concerned about the health of right-hander Bud Norris, who said he had some back issues after his first spring start.

"I didn't even know he was on the [injury report] sheet," Showalter said.

Matusz to start

Left-hander Brian Matusz will get his first spring start in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Ed Smith Stadium.

The Orioles are giving Matusz extended innings so he can work on all of his pitches, Showalter said

Darren O'Day, Wesley Wright, Tim Berry and Logan Verrett are also slated to pitch in that game.

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Closer Zach Britton's next spring outing will be in Sunday's B game against the Pirates. He could work more than an inning.

Last spring, Britton's first three Grapefruit League outings were two innings, which Britton liked, as it helped him work on pitches and the nuances of relief work.

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