De Aza takes break from camp for family matters

De Aza takes break from camp for family matters

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles outfielder Alejandro De Aza left camp on Wednesday for his grandfather's 99th birthday in the Dominican Republic. It was also his daughter's birthday and De Aza received permission from manager Buck Showalter to make the trip.

De Aza is expected to be back on Thursday night

Fellow outfielder David Lough was available to play on Thursday after dealing with a minor hamstring issue that kept him out for a few days.

Pitchers Jason Garcia (hamstring) and Ryan Webb (knee) could return to game action this weekend, Showalter said. Garcia last pitched in a game on March 10, while Webb last appeared on March 6.

Asked if the Orioles will have enough time to evaluate Rule 5 Draft pick Garcia, Showalter said that the club would.

Both Garcia and Logan Verrett -- who was also a Rule 5 Draft pick this winter -- are expected to be with Baltimore until the end of camp as both guys have made a favorable impression so far.

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