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Matt Wieters | Catcher

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (28) / 5/21/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 240
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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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

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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

Orioles placed C Matt Wieters on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

Wieters will spend the first few days of the regular season at extended spring training. He's dealing with some tendinitis in his surgically-repaired right elbow, but it's not considered a major setback. Expect him to be activated in a few weeks.
Apr 5 - 3:28 PM

Matt Wieters (elbow) will spend the first few days of the regular season at extended spring training.

He's going to accompany the Orioles to Tropicana Park for their season-opener against the Rays on April 6, but that is only for ceremonial purposes. Wieters will be placed on the 15-day disabled list when camp breaks to give his surgically-repaired right elbow a little more time to heal. The hope is that he'll be ready to rock around April 11.
Mar 26 - 12:44 PM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed Saturday that Matt Wieters (elbow) is likely to begin the season on the disabled list.

The Orioles are tentatively targeting a return on April 11, citing this as a precautionary measure rather than a setback in his recovery. With Wieters on the shelf, Caleb Joseph will begin the season as the O's primary backstop with Steve Clevenger serving as his backup.
Mar 21 - 12:58 PM

Matt Wieters (elbow) will not play until Wednesday at the earliest.

Wieters is dealing with some tendinitis in his surgically-repaired right elbow. The Orioles aren't viewing it as a setback and are still hopeful of him being ready for Opening Day, but he's not going to have much time after getting a late start.
Mar 20 - 1:04 PM

X-rays came back clean on Matt Wieters' right elbow.

Wieters came down with some tendinitis in his elbow after catching Tuesday for the first time since Tommy John surgery, so the O's sent him for a X-rays as a precautionary measure. No further tests are scheduled. He's still shut down from catching for the next week, but it's good news. Still, his status for Opening Day is in question until he proves that he can catch without discomfort.
Mar 19 - 4:09 PM

Matt Wieters will undergo a precautionary X-ray on his right elbow Thursday.

Wieters experienced some discomfort in the elbow Tuesday after playing catcher for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery. The hope is that it's just routine tendinitis, but the Orioles want to be sure they know exactly what they're dealing with before they allow the 28-year-old to proceed. O's manager Buck Showalter said Wednesday that Wieters probably won't be on the Opening Day roster if he's unable to start behind the plate.
Mar 19 - 11:00 AM

Matt Wieters has been shut down from catching for a week due to elbow tendinitis.

Wieters caught Tuesday for the first time since Tommy John surgery and initially said he came out of it fine, but he's dealing with some discomfort. The Orioles are going to back off him for now, but there's a chance he could DH as soon as Sunday. Opening Day hasn't been ruled out for him, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that he probably won't carry him on the roster if he's not ready to catch. Stay tuned.
Mar 18 - 12:31 PM

Matt Wieters (elbow) said he feels good after catching Tuesday for the first time this spring and will catch again Thursday.

Wieters, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, caught six innings in his return Tuesday. He's not ready to catch back-to-back games yet, but that should happen soon enough. All signs point to him being behind the plate on Opening Day.
Mar 18 - 11:00 AM

Matt Wieters (elbow) will start behind the plate Tuesday for the first time this spring.

Wieters has been limited to DH work in the early part of the exhibition schedule as he makes his way back from Tommy John surgery, but he's expected to catch five to seven innings in his return Tuesday. He's 0-for-20 so far this spring, but the good news is that he's healthy.
Mar 17 - 12:50 PM

Matt Wieters went 0-for-3 on Wednesday, leaving him hitless through 20 at-bats this spring.

Wieters hasn't reported any problems with his surgically repaired elbow while hitting, but he clearly hasn't found his stroke yet. All of his at-bats so far have come as a designated hitter. He's still at least a week away from getting into a game as a catcher.
Mar 11 - 3:55 PM

Matt Wieters (elbow) will start at DH for a second straight day on Tuesday.

It will be the first time that Wieters has started back-to-back games this spring. The Orioles are easing him back into action after Tommy John surgery, so he isn't slated to make his spring debut behind the plate until March 17. He has been throwing down to the bases for about a week at 70-80 percent intensity, but he hopes to have no restrictions by early next week. His workload might be a bit limited at the start of the year, necessitating some DH time, but all indications are he'll be ready for Opening Day.
Mar 10 - 10:10 AM

Matt Wieters (elbow) will serve as the DH in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.

Wieters, who is making his way back from Tommy John surgery, is expected to remain in the DH spot until around March 17. The hope is he'll make enough progress with his catching and throwing drills to get back behind the plate by then. As of now, the Orioles expect him to be ready for Opening Day.
Mar 4 - 10:14 AM

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
DH1Steve Pearce
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Tillman
2Wei-Yin Chen
3Bud Norris
4Miguel Gonzalez
5Ubaldo Jimenez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Zach Britton
2Tommy Hunter
3Darren O'Day
4Brian Matusz
5Wesley Wright
6Brad Brach
7Jason Garcia
8Kevin Gausman
9Eddie Gamboa