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Valencia ready to return to Orioles' roster

Injury updates on Britton, O'Day
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BALTIMORE -- Danny Valencia is expected to return from the paternity list prior to the Orioles' game against the Yankees on Friday.

Valencia was a late scratch from Tuesday's game against the Nationals, as he went to meet his wife at the hospital. The couple welcomed a baby boy, Oliver, on Wednesday morning.

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BALTIMORE -- Danny Valencia is expected to return from the paternity list prior to the Orioles' game against the Yankees on Friday.

Valencia was a late scratch from Tuesday's game against the Nationals, as he went to meet his wife at the hospital. The couple welcomed a baby boy, Oliver, on Wednesday morning.

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To fill his roster spot, Baltimore recalled left-hander Donnie Hart, who presumably will be sent back to Triple-A Norfolk when Valencia returns.

Britton to throw again Saturday

While the Orioles continue to monitor the forecasts at their affiliates, the plan for now is to have Zach Britton continue his rehab this weekend with Norfolk. Britton was originally slated to throw for the Tides earlier this week, but a poor weather forecast shifted Wednesday's rehab debut to Class A Advanced Frederick instead.

Britton struck out three in Wilmington in his debut and got positive reports.

"I wasn't expecting him to be that crisp and that sharp," manager Buck Showalter said of Britton, who is rehabbing from offseason Achilles surgery. "I don't know if it was intentional that he came in against three left-handed hitters … but a good start. Couldn't ask for more. We will take a look at the weather, see where it fits in the schedule."

Britton is expected to return in early June if he remains on schedule.

Showalter also said Darren O'Day (right elbow) is feeling better, but the right-hander will have to pitch on a rehab assignment before he can be activated from the disabled list.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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