Webb's swollen knee progressing

Orioles hope reliever can return to mound later this week

Webb's swollen knee progressing

SARASOTA, Fla. -- There wasn't a whole lot of news out of Orioles manager Buck Showalter's media session before Tuesday's game against the Yankees, though he did say that right-hander Ryan Webb has a little less swelling in his left knee and remains day to day.

An MRI exam on Webb's knee came back clean on Monday, but the reliever isn't expected to pitch in a game until Friday at the earliest as the O's get set for two long travel days in Jupiter and Dunedin, Fla.

The O's closed Ed Smith Stadium on Tuesday morning to work on some more baserunning and coverage plays amid noise piped in from last year's American League Championship Series to simulate a regular-season crowd.

"It's just a whole different atmosphere, but it's a lot more realistic," said Showalter, who joked that he hoped the O's wouldn't get a noise violation from their neighbors. "I'm glad we had some stuff to pull from last year for the soundtrack."

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