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Orioles’ Britton nearing return from injury

Rehabbing Orioles reliever Zach Britton threw a scoreless inning of relief Thursday for Triple-A Norfolk and could make his long-awaited return to the major league roster Wednesday.

The left-hander is coming back from surgery on his right Achilles tendon, which he ruptured during a December workout.

He’s been dominant rehabbing in the minor leagues, allowing just two hits in 4.1 innings while striking out five and walking none.

The former All-Star is scheduled to throw again Sunday and Monday — the first time on this rehab he’ll pitch on back-to-back days. If he goes through that unscathed, he could rejoin Baltimore on Wednesday against the Red Sox or on the following Friday ahead of a series opener against the Marlins.

“You can tell he’s chomping at the bit,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters Thursday. “He’s had a lot of time to work and do things. He doesn’t tinker too much. He throws the right amount of breaking balls. I think he knows what’s ahead of him.”

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