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Orioles notes: Britton, Tillman have successful bullpens; Ondrusek has elbow scan

SARASOTA, FLA. — Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the next step is still to be identified for each of right-hander Chris Tillman (shoulder) and closer Zach Britton (side soreness), but the pair each had full-effort bullpen sessions Wednesday and came through them well.

"They just got through back there," Showalter said. "That went good. So we'll see what the next step is, so that was a good hurdle to get over. We'll see how they are tomorrow."

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For Tillman, Showalter said he's right on the schedule laid out last month that could get him back into the major league rotation in the first week of the season or so. The team's original plan had him pitching a simulated game. Britton's next step will be determined by head athletic trainer Richie Bancells by the end of Wednesday, Showalter said.

The news wasn't as good for reliever Logan Ondrusek, who Showalter said was in "recovery mode" after complaining of elbow soreness on Tuesday. Ondrusek allowed a two-run home run in the ninth inning of Monday's win over the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, and the next day reported to camp and told the team of the soreness.

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The team announced he was having an MRI-arthrogram, which injects dye into an area to make ligament or tendon damage easier to see.

"We'll see how they are tomorrow," Showalter said. "Ondrusek is still in recovery mode. If it doesn't recover at the rate we like to see, we will probably go through some tests."

Dr. Michael Jacobs ordered the examination, which Showalter said was a possibility if improvement didn't show soon.

Ondrusek enters the medical program as several players, including J.J. Hardy, move out of it. Showalter said Hardy is a day or two away from joining the rest of the team for full baseball workouts each day, with games not far behind.

"J.J. is very close," Showalter said. "... If we get through today and tomorrow, then we should go into full baseball activities on Friday. When he gets through today, tomorrow with nothing, he'll do everything. We'll put him back there and he'll fall into normal baseball activities."

Around the horn: Outfielder Chris Dickerson (right foot) remained out of the starting lineup Wednesday. Dickerson fouled a ball off his foot on Feb. 24, and aggravated it wearing new cleats on March 4. … Minor league infielder Garabez Rosa, who is constantly brought to major league camp as an extra infielder, hasn't played since he was hit in the hand with a pitch late in Thursday's game at the New York Yankees.

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