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Orioles Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia recovering from hamstring injury

Orioles Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia has misses some time, but he's not worries about falling behind.

Orioles Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia, who hasn’t pitched in a week after tweaking his left hamstring, is slated to throw a bullpen session Tuesday.

Garcia said the injury – which occurred on the final pitch of his outing last Tuesday – isn’t serious. He said he wouldn’t even call it a strain.

“Nothing major,” Garcia said. “They said it wasn’t mild enough to even grade. It wasn’t even a Grade 1. They definitely don’t want to prolong [anything].”

Since his last outing, Garcia has been treating the injury with ice and electrical muscle stimulation treatments.

If all goes well, Garcia hopes to pitch in a game sometime this week.

Garcia who was selected by the Houston Astros with the fourth pick in December’s Rule 5 draft, then immediately traded to the Orioles. He has thrown three scoreless innings, allowing three hits with three strikeouts and two walks.

As a Rule 5 pick, Garcia must remain on the major league roster all season or else he must be offered back to his original team, the Boston Red Sox.

Garcia, who drew the Orioles’ attention with an impressive mid-90s fastball pitching for the Red Sox in instructional league, is trying to make the big league club as a right-handed reliever.

He said he’s not worried about falling behind because of the injury.

“I’m trying not to worry about that,” Garcia said, "just trying to make it not last longer than what it is.”

Right-hander Bud Norris will make his third start of spring training today against the Minnesota Twins in Sarasota. Norris has allowed seven innings over 3 2/3 innings.

Matt Wieters will make his first Grapefruit League start behind the plate. As scheduled, he’s been cleared to throw in games now following Tommy John surgery last June.

Here are the starting lineups for today’s game:

Orioles
Alejandro De Aza RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Manny Machado 3B
Travis Snider DH
David Lough LF
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Bud Norris RHP

Available Orioles pitchers
Tim Berry LHP
T.J. McFarland LHP
Wesley Wright LHP
Daniel Rodriguez LHP*
Tommy Hunter RHP
Darren O’Day RHP
Pedro Beato RHP*
Elih Villanueva RHP*

*Minor league camp players

Twins starting lineup
Aaron Hicks CF
Eduardo Escobar SS
Brian Dozier 2B
Kennys Vargas 1B
Trevor Plouffe 3B
Eddie Rosario LF
Eduardo Nunez DH
Josmil Pinto C
Shane Robinson RF
Phil Hughes RHP

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