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Orioles' Wade Miley, Johnny Giavotella confident they avoided injury after Friday scares

PORT CHARLOTTE, FLA. — The Orioles seem to have averted the worst-case scenarios for a pair of injuries that caused concern Friday in Bradenton.

Left-hander Wade Miley, who was struck on the arm and chest by a line drive in the second inning, echoed his comments Friday and said there was "nothing new" about residual pain from the impact.

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"I'm just going to resume normal activity," Miley said.

He again said there were no tests conducted or scheduled, and no new swelling.

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"Just a good bruise," Miley said.

Meanwhile, second baseman Johnny Giavotella said the wrist injury that manager Buck Showalter seemed concerned about after the game wasn't as serious as they thought. He didn't leave the game until he was originally scheduled to, but Showalter said there was worry that it could have been worse than it looked.

"It was in the area of the hamate bone, which people break when they swing the bat," Giavotella said. "But there wasn't any kind of discrepancy in my strength holding a bat. It was just a little bit sore. … It had no effect on me later on in the game."

The injury came when a hard-hit ball got on Giavotella too quickly and hit him on the left wrist. He had a scheduled day off Saturday, and hopes the scare doesn't slow down what has been a good spring for him.

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"I usually get off to a pretty slow start in camp, so it's nice to get my feet under me and feel pretty comfortable in the box," he said. "Hopefully, I just keep having good at-bats and take advantage of playing time while I have it."

Giavotella has five hits in 13 at-bats (.385) with two RBIs so far this spring, and is expected to see plenty of playing time this month with second baseman Jonathan Schoop at the World Baseball Classic.

Around the horn: The Orioles are scheduled to face former teammate Tommy Hunter in Saturday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Port Charlotte. Hunter recently signed a minor league deal with the Orioles' division rivals. … The Orioles clubhouse was lively Saturday morning, with players debating how many of their teammates could dunk a basketball on a regulation rim.

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