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Matt Wieters | Catcher

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (29) / 5/21/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 240
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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Matt Wieters (elbow) is expected to begin a rehab assignment May 26 at Double-A Bowie.
And if all goes well, he'll join the O's active roster when first eligible on June 4. Wieters is on the road to recovery from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. He's in a contract year, so the final four months of the 2015 season will be an important stretch in the 28-year-old catcher's career. May 19 - 4:35 PM

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The Orioles hope that Matt Wieters (elbow) will be ready to begin a rehab assignment after joining the club in Miami next weekend.

That would give him about a week and a half's worth of rehab games, as the O's are targeting June 4 as Wieters' return date. The catcher recently began catching full games in extended spring training.
May 15 - 4:33 PM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday that Matt Wieters (elbow) might only play every other day initially once he's activated from the disabled list.

Wieters recently began catching full games in extended spring training and is expected to be activated on June 4 when first eligible. "I was only going to catch him about four out of seven [days] anyway. But we may do an every-other-day thing with him," Showalter said. "We’ll see how it goes. Today was a good step for him. … Let me get to the fourth first. That’s what I’m OK with. Having Matt every other day is better than not having him at all. And I think that will progress from there."
May 13 - 8:57 AM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday that he expects Matt Wieters (elbow) back on June 4.

That's the first day Wieters is eligible to be activated from the 60-day disabled list. The 28-year-old catcher continues to rehab his surgically-repaired elbow at extended spring training and should soon be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment. He's in a contract year, so Wieters will want to hit the ground running when he does finally join the O's active roster.
May 12 - 4:37 PM

Orioles transferred C Matt Wieters to the 60-day disabled list.

This was done as a procedural move to create a spot on the 40-man roster for Jorge Rondon who was claimed off waivers on Sunday. Wieters continues to rehab in extended spring training and is on track to rejoin the Orioles at some point in June.
May 10 - 6:11 PM

Matt Wieters (elbow) will catch nine innings in extended spring training games on Thursday and Saturday.

It will be the first time he's caught a full game since he was shut down for a bit with lingering soreness in his surgically-repaired right elbow. Wieters will then progress to catching back-to-back games before finally starting a rehab assignment. The Orioles are hoping to get him back sometime next month.
May 10 - 11:57 AM

Matt Wieters (elbow) caught seven innings in an extended spring training game on Thursday.

He continues to progress in his recovery from a surgically-repaired right elbow. The next step is for him to catch in back-to-back games. As soon as that hurdle is cleared, he could begin a minor league rehab assignment. At this point, he's on track to rejoin the Orioles in late-May or early June.
Source: MLB.com
May 7 - 8:29 PM

Matt Wieters (elbow) caught six innings Tuesday in an extended spring training game.

But the rehabbing catcher still hasn't been able to catch on back-to-back days due to lingering soreness in his surgically-repaired right elbow. Wieters seems doubtful to make his 2015 debut before late May or early June.
May 5 - 5:47 PM

Matt Wieters admitted Sunday that he still feels occasional soreness in his surgically-repaired right elbow.

The Orioles are viewing it as part of the recovery process, but Wieters' absence has clearly dragged on longer than expected. He's still catching games at extended spring training and a date for him to begin a rehab assignment hasn't been set yet. At this point it's looking unlikely that Wieters will return before late May/early June.
May 3 - 11:23 AM

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that a return in late May or early June for Matt Wieters (elbow) "seems reasonable."

The Orioles haven't placed any timetable on Wieters, although they had been hoping when he went down with tendinitis in his surgically-repaired right elbow that he could return on May 1. That day has arrived and the catcher still isn't ready for a rehab assignment. He has been catching parts of extended spring training games, but a rehab assignment is thought to be another week or two away. Caleb Joseph will continue to fill in at catcher until Wieters is ready.
May 1 - 9:01 AM

Matt Wieters (elbow) will catch 4-5 innings in an extended spring training game on Monday.

Wieters was behind the plate Friday as well. The 28-year-old is working his way back from Tommy John surgery. In addition to being one of the better defensive catchers in baseball, Wieters is an above average power hitter when healthy. Caleb Joseph will return to backup duty when Wieters returns sometime in May. Unless he signs an extension, Wieters will hit free agency this winter.
Apr 25 - 4:26 PM

Matt Wieters (elbow) will catch 2-3 innings in an extended spring training game on Friday.

It will be the first time he's been allowed to throw at 100 percent effort since he was shut down last month with tendinitis in his surgically-repaired right elbow. The Orioles figure to slowly build up Wieters in game action, so it's not clear when he'll be ready for an official rehab assignment. He had been hoping for a return on May 1, but that's looking unlikely at this point.
Apr 22 - 8:50 AM

Matt Wieters (elbow) took seven at-bats at extended spring training on Tuesday afternoon.

Wieters hit five times from the left side of the plate and twice from the right side. He also played long toss from a distance of 150 feet. The rehabbing catcher should be ready to rock around the beginning of May.
Apr 14 - 4:25 PM

Matt Wieters (elbow) took batting practice on Saturday afternoon at the Orioles' spring training complex.

Wieters also caught some batting practice and played long toss from a distance of 120 feet. He's trending toward a minor league rehab assignment and should be ready to join the Orioles' active roster around May 1.
Apr 11 - 4:30 PM

Matt Wieters (elbow) has been playing catch every other day for the past week.

But there is still no timetable for when he might be ready to begin a minor league rehab assignment. Wieters is on his way back from Tommy John surgery and dealt with tendinitis in that surgically-repaired elbow this spring. The Orioles are going to continue to play it safe with their star catcher, who probably won't be ready until sometime in early May. Caleb Joseph is serving as Baltimore's primary backstop.
Apr 8 - 4:17 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Caleb Joseph
1B1Chris Davis
2Ryan Lavarnway
2B1Jonathan Schoop
2Ryan Flaherty
SS1J.J. Hardy
2Everth Cabrera
3B1Manny Machado
LF1Alejandro De Aza
2Delmon Young
CF1Adam Jones
RF1Travis Snider
2David Lough
DH1Jimmy Paredes
2Steve Pearce
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Tillman
2Wei-Yin Chen
3Bud Norris
4Miguel Gonzalez
5Ubaldo Jimenez
6Mike Wright
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Zach Britton
2Tommy Hunter
3Darren O'Day
4Brian Matusz
5Wesley Wright
6Brad Brach
7Jason Garcia
8Kevin Gausman
9T.J. McFarland
10Tyler Wilson