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Britton to see hand doc, could throw after that

O's double-checking with specialist, since closer's trouble more related to grip
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BALTIMORE -- Orioles closer Zach Britton will see a hand specialist on Monday, and he could resume throwing after that, as manager Buck Showalter called it the final step for the left-hander in his rehab from a left forearm strain.

Britton's MRI exam on his left elbow and forearm came back with no significant issues on Friday, and the O's want him to see a specialist just so they can avoid having this forearm issue crop up again. Britton's elbow structurally looks great, and the discomfort he was having, which is now gone, is more related to his grip and is why he had trouble finishing his pitches early on this season.

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BALTIMORE -- Orioles closer Zach Britton will see a hand specialist on Monday, and he could resume throwing after that, as manager Buck Showalter called it the final step for the left-hander in his rehab from a left forearm strain.

Britton's MRI exam on his left elbow and forearm came back with no significant issues on Friday, and the O's want him to see a specialist just so they can avoid having this forearm issue crop up again. Britton's elbow structurally looks great, and the discomfort he was having, which is now gone, is more related to his grip and is why he had trouble finishing his pitches early on this season.

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Britton said Saturday he feels good and is ready to get back to throwing.

Outfielder Joey Rickard (finger) had a good day taking coaches' batting practice on Saturday, and he will do the same on Sunday before starting a rehab assignment.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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