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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) is scheduled to begin catch and throw drills on Monday.
Wieters isn't expected to be cleared to begin throwing with any real force until March 17, but Monday represents a big step in his recovery. To this point, he has been limited to playing long toss. So long as he avoids any setbacks, there's no reason to expect he won't be behind the dish when the O's open up the regular season. Mar 1 - 6:19 PM

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Matt Wieters (elbow) is set to start at catcher for Sunday's intrasquad game.

It will be the first time Wieters has been behind the dish since last May. While he'll serve as the backstop, Wieters still won't be allowed to throw at 100 percent until March 17. He's slated to catch two innings in Sunday's game. Everything is trending toward the 28-year-old being ready for Opening Day.
Feb 28 - 5:09 PM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM on Wednesday that Matt Wieters (elbow) will not be limited in spring training.

It's nice to hear as Wieters makes his way back from Tommy John surgery, but look for him to serve as a DH initially before getting back behind the plate. "He'll be in our lineup first intrasquad and he'll DH up until the 17th, and he will make some road trips," said Showalter. As of now, Wieters appears on track for Opening Day.
Feb 18 - 11:18 AM

Matt Wieters (elbow) has expanded his throwing program to 150 feet.

Wieters' program began at 120 feet a couple weeks ago. The catcher's rehab from Tommy John surgery has gone on without a hitch thus far and he remains optimistic about being ready for Opening Day. The Orioles will obviously proceed cautiously with him during spring training.
Jan 26 - 6:29 PM

Orioles and C Matt Wieters avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $8.3 million contract.

He receives a nice little raise even after missing most of the 2014 season with elbow issues. Wieters is still working his way back from Tommy John surgery but is expected to be ready for Opening Day.
Jan 16 - 1:53 PM

Matt Wieters (elbow) will begin throwing from a distance of 120 feet on Monday afternoon.

It's a big step in his recovery from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. Wieters' agent, Scott Boras, said in late December that his client will be ready for the beginning of the 2015 season. And everything is on track for now with the 28-year-old catcher's 8-10 month rehab program. He underwent the procedure last June.
Jan 12 - 11:52 AM

Agent Scott Boras has said that his client, Matt Wieters (elbow), will be ready to play on Opening Day.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said last week that it's possible Wieters won't be ready for the opener as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery, but Boras doesn't seem to think it will be an issue. The O's will no doubt take things slowly with the catcher in spring training and we likely won't know for sure until he starts playing in Grapefruit League action whether he can be penciled into the lineup on April 6 versus the Rays.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that "there seems no urgency on either side" when it comes to extension talks between the Orioles and Matt Wieters.

The two sides are known to have had discussions early in the 2013 season, but nothing materialized and it's looking at this point like Wieters will play out his final year before free agency. The talented backstop was limited to just 26 games last season before having Tommy John surgery, which could sideline him past Opening Day next year.
Source: Boston Globe
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 11:25:00 AM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said this week that Matt Wieters (elbow) might not be ready for Opening Day.

Wieters underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in mid-June and that procedure usually requires 8-10 months of recovery time for position players. "I think Manny [Machado] makes the start of the year, and I think Matt is very close thereafter," Showalter said. "But we won’t put either one of these guys on the field until it’s time to go, and try to keep the finish line in mind."
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 10:51:00 AM

Matt Wieters visited Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday, reporting the doctor said his right elbow "looked good."

"He said everything looked good and to keep progressing," Wieters said following the check-up. Wieters had Tommy John surgery on the elbow in mid-June, and the Orioles are cautiously optimistic he'll be ready for the start of the 2015 season.
Wed, Nov 12, 2014 08:58:00 PM

Orioles activated C Matt Wieters from the 60-day disabled list.

Wieters required season-ending Tommy John surgery on his eight elbow in mid-June. He's expected to be close to 100 percent at the start of next season. He'll be entering his final season before free agency.
Mon, Nov 3, 2014 05:06:00 PM

Orioles transferred C Matt Wieters from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Cord Phelps. Wieters, of course, is out for the season following Tommy John surgery.
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 03:20:00 PM

Matt Wieters underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday.

The procedure was labeled a success. Wieters is done for the rest of the 2014 season but is hopeful of being ready for Opening Day next year. Nick Hundley and Caleb Joseph are filling in at catcher for Baltimore.
Tue, Jun 17, 2014 04:11:00 PM

Matt Wieters will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Tuesday.

Wieters attempted to avoid the worst-case scenario, but the discomfort in his elbow continued to linger. His season is over, as surgery will sideline him for nine months. The good news is that he should be close to 100 percent around the start of next season. The Orioles will move ahead with Nick Hundley as their main catcher for the rest of 2014.
Mon, Jun 16, 2014 05:16:00 PM

Matt Wieters is still having discomfort in his right elbow and will see Dr. James Andrews on Monday.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal was told by two sources that Wieters' throwing program was not going well and that elbow surgery looked "increasingly likely," so this isn't a promising development. Fantasy owners need to have a backup plan in place, if they didn't already.
Mon, Jun 9, 2014 04:27:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Caleb Joseph
3Steve Clevenger
1B1Chris Davis
2Christian Walker
3Ryan Lavarnway
2B1Jonathan Schoop
2Everth Cabrera
SS1J.J. Hardy
2Paul Janish
3Rey Navarro
3B1Manny Machado
2Ryan Flaherty
3Jimmy Paredes
4Jayson Nix
LF1Alejandro De Aza
2Delmon Young
3Chris Parmelee
4Nolan Reimold
CF1Adam Jones
2Julio Borbon
RF1Travis Snider
2Delmon Young
3David Lough
DH1Steve Pearce
2J.P. Arencibia
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Tillman
2Wei-Yin Chen
3Bud Norris
4Miguel Gonzalez
5Kevin Gausman
6Ubaldo Jimenez
7Tyler Wilson
8Eddie Gamboa
9Jason Garcia
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Zach Britton
2Tommy Hunter
3Darren O'Day
4Brian Matusz
5Wesley Wright
6Brad Brach
7T.J. McFarland
8Ryan Webb
9Oliver Drake
10Chaz Roe
11Cesar Cabral
12Mark Hendrickson