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O's get positive reports on Wada, Johnson

O's get positive reports on Wada, Johnson

BALTIMORE -- Steve Johnson and Tsuyoshi Wada threw in an extended spring game Saturday morning, and Orioles manager Buck Showalter said there were positive reports on both their performance and velocity.

Wada, who has been working with pitching rehab coordinator Chris Correnti, threw two innings, while Johnson pitched three.

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The plan for Wada is to increase by an inning each time out as the lefty works his way back from Tommy John surgery. He could return as early as June.

"Today was a big day to get through," Showalter said. "I think the big day will be tomorrow, seeing how he feels afterward, facing hitters and pitching in a game."

Johnson (lat strain) could be nearing a rehab assignment. Outfielder Henry Urrutia, who has been slowed with a hamstring injury, is also close to joining Double-A Bowie.

Showalter said second baseman Brian Roberts (right hamstring strain) has not been cleared to start baseball activities and is just resting and doing rehab right now. Roberts isn't expected to be ready April 20, which is the first day he is eligible to come off the disabled list.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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