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With first extended spring start, Britton on track

With first extended spring start, Britton on track

With first extended spring start, Britton on track
BALTIMORE -- Orioles lefty Zach Britton made his first of three scheduled appearances in extended spring camp on Thursday, throwing three scoreless innings. The 24-year-old allowed only one hit and one walk in 45 pitches. Britton also notched a strikeout and five ground-ball outs, throwing mostly fastballs and a few changeups.

Manager Buck Showalter said all reports on Britton are positive and that his fastball velocity was "much better" than what it had been in batting practice.

Showalter added that Britton's recovery is right on schedule, which projects a potential return for late May, but more likely early June.

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"It's been a pretty cautious schedule," Showalter said. "If anything, I'm not going to say overly cautious, I just think it's a good schedule to really make sure he's right."

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