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Matt Wieters | Catcher | #32

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/21/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 230
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: Georgia Tech
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (5) / BAL
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Nationals manager Dave Martinez told reporters that Matt Wieters is dealing with a sore wrist.
Wieters is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Mets, with Martinez citing that it's partially due to his sore wrist, and partially to keep the lineup the same. Consider Wieters day-to-day for now, and Pedro Severino will get the starts behind the plate until he's ready to go. Apr 18 - 5:36 PM

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Matt Wieters belted his first home run of the 2018 season, powering the Nationals to a 6-2 victory over the Rockies on Saturday.

Wieters got the Nationals on the board in the fourth inning with a solo blast off of Jon Gray. He then added an RBI single in the sixth that tied the game at 2-2. Wieters finished the day 2-for-4, raising his season slash to .214/.353/.429.
Apr 14 - 4:00 PM

Nationals activated C Matt Wieters from the 10-day disabled list.

Wieters went 1-for-4 and caught seven innings during his lone minor league rehab game Tuesday with High-A Potomac. He missed exactly 10 days with a left oblique strain. Pedro Severino is starting at catcher for Washington on Wednesday against the Braves, but Wieters should get the bulk of the playing time moving forward.
Apr 11 - 10:31 AM

Matt Wieters (oblique) went 1-for-4 and caught seven innings in his first rehab game Tuesday with High-A Potomac.

The plan calls for Wieters to play one more minor league rehab game Wednesday before returning to the Nationals' active roster ahead of Friday night's series opener against the Rockies. The 31-year-old catcher has been sidelined since April 2 because of a left oblique strain.
Apr 11 - 9:42 AM

Matt Wieters (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment at High-A Potomac on Tuesday.

Wieters is slated to play for Potomac on Tuesday and Wednesday before being activated. He's been sidelined since straining his oblique in the second game of the season. Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Monday that he's considering carrying three catchers when Wieters returns but hasn't made up his mind yet.
Apr 9 - 4:46 PM

Nationals placed C Matt Wieters on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain.

The strain is being called "mild," so hopefully Wieters can return as soon as he's eligible. Pedro Severino has been called up from Triple-A Syracuse and will likely share time behind the plate with Miguel Montero. Wieters was 1-for-7 with two walks in the Nationals' season-opening series against the Reds.
Apr 2 - 4:04 PM

Matt Wieters is currently dealing with an undisclosed injury and could be headed to the disabled list.

Wieters was dealing with a back issue in 2017, but it's not known if that's what's bothering him now. Pedro Severino is reportedly meeting with the Nationals in Atlanta on Monday, according to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post. We should know more about Wieters' status before the end of Monday.
Apr 2 - 9:21 AM

Matt Wieters went 2-for-2 with a homer, two RBI, and two runs scored Sunday in the Nationals' exhibition win over the Braves.

Wieters singled and scored on a Chris Dominguez base hit in the bottom of the first inning and then went deep for a two-run shot off Braves left-hander Max Fried in the bottom of the second. Wieters will be looking to bounce back this season after posting a disappointing .225/.288/.344 batting line with 10 home runs and 52 RBI over 123 games in 2017.
Feb 25 - 4:14 PM

MLB.com's Jamal Collier writes that the Nationals plan on "using more of a platoon" with Matt Wieters at catcher this season.

Wieters has hit better against lefties in his career, so it's unlikely we're talking about any sort of strict platoon here, but rather the Nats simply planning to rest the veteran catcher more. Coming off a season in which he hit an ugly .225/.288/.344, Wieters should only be considered in two-catcher leagues at this point. Pedro Severino will have to hold off non-roster invitee Miguel Montero to be the No. 2 behind Wieters.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 9 - 3:54 PM

Matt Wieters exercised his $10.5 million player option for 2018.

It was an expected decision. Wieters was one of the game's worst hitters this past season, batting just .225/.288/.344 over 123 games. He also had his lowest caught-stealing percentage since his rookie season in 2009. The Nationals could look for some additional catching help this winter.
Mon, Nov 6, 2017 11:49:00 AM

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reports that Matt Wieters intends to exercise his $10.5 million option for 2018.

Wieters maintains name recognition but hasn't been very productive for a few years now. He was one of the worst-hitting regulars in baseball in 2017 with a .225/.288/.344 batting line, so him picking up his player option for next season doesn't come as a surprise.
Fri, Nov 3, 2017 01:27:00 PM

Matt Wieters hit his 10th home run of the season in Saturday's win over the Mets.

Wieters took Mets starter Matt Harvey deep for a solo shot in the fifth inning. It's now the sixth time in his career that Wieters has hit double-digit homers in a season, but his current 10 would be the lowest total for a relatively full season since his rookie year in 2009. The 31-year-old is batting .225/.283/.347 with 52 RBI and 43 runs scored in 118 games overall.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 12:56:00 AM

Matt Wieters went 0-for-4 and struck out three times on Friday as the Nationals were shut out by the Dodgers.

Wieters is in the midst of a miserable season offensively, slashing just .228/.285/.345 with nine homers and 50 RBI. Not quite the production the Nationals were hoping for when inking him to a two-year, $21 million contract over the off-season.
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 10:18:00 PM

Matt Wieters is out of the Nationals' starting lineup on Tuesday against the Marlins.

Wieters has been dealing with some back tightness, though he did play Monday's series opener in Miami. Pedro Severino is doing the catching for the Nats on Tuesday and he'll bat eighth versus Marlins right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne.
Tue, Sep 5, 2017 03:50:00 PM

Matt Wieters (back) has returned to the Nationals' lineup Monday against the Marlins.

Wieters didn't start over the weekend due to back tightness and a bruised knee. He'll bat eighth against lefty Adam Conley in his return. Wieters is batting just .238/.294/.359 with nine homers and 49 RBI over 107 games this season.
Mon, Sep 4, 2017 03:35:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Pedro Severino
3Jhonatan Solano
4Raudy Read
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Matt Adams
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Howie Kendrick
3Wilmer Difo
SS1Trea Turner
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Adam Eaton
2Moises Sierra
CF1Michael Taylor
2Brian Goodwin
3Andrew Stevenson
RF1Bryce Harper
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Jeremy Hellickson
6Joe Ross
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Ryan Madson
3Brandon Kintzler
4Koda Glover
5Shawn Kelley
6Joaquin Benoit
7Matt Grace
8Sammy Solis
9Carlos Torres