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32 Matt Wieters C
Height/Weight: 6-5/230 | Birthdate: 5/21/1986 | Birthplace: Charleston, SC | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Baltimore | College: Georgia Tech | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $5,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 82/4 | Average Draft Position: 183.61
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Orioles Matt Wieters catching every other day, no timetable for return


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is still working his way back from Tommy John surgery on his elbow. 

Wieters is catching every other day in extended spring training games, per MASN Sports

There's still no timetable for Wieters to return or begin a minor league rehab assignment. He still feels occasional soreness in his elbow, and even though it's not serious pain, he needs to get past that. 


Orioles' Matt Wieters (elbow) catches four innings Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters spent four innings behind the plate in an extended spring training game Monday, masnsports.com reports.

Wieters, who had two at-bats in Monday's game, could also catch Tuesday. He hasn't played since May 10 of last year while recovering from an elbow injury.


O's Matt Wieters to play in second extended spring game on Monday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/25/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters' (elbow) next extended spring action will be Monday, where he's expected to catch four to five innings, per MLB.com.

Wieters, who's on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow injury, played in his first extended spring game on Friday.

"I think the next step for Matt is to be able to continue on and each day feel the same way and each day make sure he feels like he's 100 percent ready to go. He's getting past a lot of the mental blocks," said Russell, who watches Wieters on tape. "Will it be three weeks, will it be four weeks? It's up to Matt and how he continues to progress and if we don't have any setbacks. And knock on wood, so far so good."


Orioles C Matt Wieters (elbow) remains without a return date


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters was able to catch and make two throws while playing in an extended spring training game Friday, reports SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.

Wieters is on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow injury, which has kept him sidelined for the entire season so far. Manager Buck Showalter said Wieters looked good in the game, but he remains without a timetable to return, reports The Baltimore Sun


Orioles catcher Matt Wieters ready to throw will full effort


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters (elbow) will catch 2-3 innings in an extended spring game Friday, according to The Baltimore Sun. It will be the first time he throws will full effort since suffering a setback in mid-March.

O's catcher Matt Wieters catches one inning in simulated game Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters was able to catch one inning of a simulated game Friday, reports The Baltimore Sun.

Wieters had six at-bats during the game and was able to throw from 150 feet. The team hopes to have Wieters play in the minors by the end of the month.


Orioles' Matt Wieters catches in sim game, three bullpen sessions


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters (elbow) played in a simulated game Wednesday, manager Buck Showalter said. He also caught three bullpens.

Wieters took five at-bats and threw at 120 feet. The Orioles are aiming for Wieters to begin a rehab assignment before the end of April.


Orioles catcher Matt Wieters hoping to be back in four weeks, not six


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is on track with his recovery from Tommy John surgery, reports the Baltimore Sun. Wieters is hoping to be back with Baltimore in four weeks, not six as originally planned and will not pick up a baseball for at least a week.

Wieters, who is currently on the 15-day DL with the elbow injury, was able to take seven at-bats Tuesday in extended spring training with five on the left side and two on the right. He was also able to throw from 150 feet. Manager Buck Showalter is hoping Wieters can play in rehab games before the end of April.


Matt Wieters to DH in Orioles' extended spring game


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Matt Wieters is ready to return to game action in Orioles extended spring training. 

Wieters is coming back from Tommy John surgery on his elbow. Manager Buck Showalter said that Wieters took batting practice in Sarasota, Florida on Monday, hitting against coaches and minor league pitcher Dane De La Rosa, per the Baltimore Sun

Wieters will try hitting in an extended spring game on Tuesday. 

Showalter said that Wieters "was a little sore in the right places today. I don’t know what that exactly meant. I haven’t heard [about the throwing] part of it. I just know he is DHing tomorrow and I’ll take that as a positive."


Orioles C Matt Wieters takes BP from both sides Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, currently on the 15-day DL with the elbow injury, took part in batting practice from both sides of the plate on Saturday. He also caught BP and threw from 120 feet, according to MLB.com. He will take batting practice again on Sunday. 

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters plays catch Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters was able to throw and play catch in the outfield Wednesday while recovering from an elbow injury, reports MASN.com. 

Wieters is currently on the 15-day DL with the elbow injury, but may not be ready to return when he is eligible. Wieters has been playing catch for the last week, trying to increase the distance every day, but doesn't know when he will be back.

"I know Matt's kind of thinking [for a return date]," Showalter said Monday. "We'll see. Until he starts throwing and [see] how he feels the next day. He's been throwing some, but [it would have to be] more strenuous."

Wieters will head to Sarasota for his rehab assignment rather than head to Baltimore after Wednesday's game.


Orioles not sure if Wieters, Hardy will return from DL when eligible


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Although Orioles catcher Matt Wieters (arm) and shortstop J.J. Hardy (shoulder) are eligible to return from the disabled list Saturday, manager Buck Showalter said he wasn't sure if they would be ready then, reports MLB.com.

"I know Matt's kind of thinking [for a return date]," Showalter said. "We'll see. Until he starts throwing and [see] how he feels the next day. He's been throwing some, but [it would have to be] more strenuous."


Matt Wieters, J.J. Hardy placed on DL as Orioles finalize roster


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) The Orioles finalized their Opening Day roster as the team made several moves on Sunday. 

Four players were placed on the 15-day disabled list: infielder J.J. Hardy (left shoulder strain), OF David Lough (left hamstring strain), infielder Jimmy Paredes (lower back strain) and C Matt Wieters (Tommy John surgery).

Three players were sent to the minor leagues. LHP T.J. McFarland was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. C Ryan Lavarnway and OF Nolan Reimold were reassigned to minor league camp.


Orioles' Matt Wieters expected to stay in Florida for extended spring


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) The plan is for Orioles catcher Matt Wieters (elbow) to remain in Florida and play in extended spring games once spring training ends, per CSNBaltimore.com. He will then rehab with Class A Frederick and Double-A Bowie before making his return to the majors.

Wieters will resume throwing Saturday.


Orioles' Matt Wieters: Opening Day return has 'come and gone'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters (elbow) revealed that he's not expected to be ready by Opening Day, according to the Baltimore Sun.

"I think now that opening day has kind of come and gone and passed, it's not a matter of a date," Wieters said. "It's more when it's ready and I think that's the thing that's probably a little bit easier for me than trying to say, 'OK, we have to be ready by here or we have to be ready by here.'

"I want to be ready as quick as possible and where I feel like once I start playing, I'm going to be able to keep improving and we're not going to have any issues throughout the course of the year, then I'll be confident," Wieters said.

Wieters is returning from Tommy John surgery last June, but suffered a setback and was shut down from catching duties -- at least for 10 days -- on March 18. Caleb Joseph is expected to open the season as the team's primary backstop in place of Wieters.


Orioles prioritizing defense in second-catcher options


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) With Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph expected to open the season as the team's primary backstop in place of Matt Wieters, who isn't expected to be ready to catch by Opening Day, manager Buck Showalter is prioritizing defense in his decision on the team's No. 2 catcher, MLB.com reports.

The team's internal options include Ryan Lavarnway, Steve Clevenger, J.P. Arencibia and Brian Ward.

"I think everybody that we're considering has some track record of being able to do some things offensively with the exception of Brian Ward," Showalter said. "There's not a big offensive track record behind him. Lavarnway may have as good if not better numbers than all of them in the Minor Leagues if you really look at them. So I think we've got the potential to get both of that, but the first criteria that they have to satisfy is the defensive part of it."


Showalter: Matt Wieters likely to start season on Orioles' DL


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is probably going to start the season on the disabled list, manager Buck Showalter said on Saturday, per CSN Baltimore's Rich Dubroff.

Wieters is returning from Tommy John surgery last June, and Showalter said he is "unlikely" to be ready by the start of the season.

Wieters made his spring debut at catcher on Wednesday and then was shut down for a week the following day. 

“This is usually a 10-month thing at least, especially with catchers," Showalter said of the recovery process. "You’re hearing people go down with this and you are talking 12 to 14 months. We’re on if not ahead of schedule. A lot of people when it originally happened thought even May 1 was a push."

Showalter said that using Wieters as a DH to start the season wasn't an option, because that "doesn’t help his rehab." 


Orioles' Matt Wieters could be back catching by Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters said Friday his elbow feels better, per CSNBaltimore.com. He added he might be back in the lineup at catcher by Wednesday.

Wieters was shut down from catching after experiencing elbow tendinitis following his first appearance at catcher Tuesday. He was sent for X-rays on Thursday, which came back negative.

Wieters said it is not a total shut down, as he is still throwing and doing maintenance work. He said the goal is not to have a setback coming off Tommy John surgery.

“It wasn’t really a different feeling, it was more of just kind of fatigue that I’ve been feeling throughout the whole time and we just pushed through," Wieters said, per MLB.com. "And it wasn’t a matter of hurting it, it was just a matter of it being able to be healthy and strong as quick as possible. We thought rest would be useful. We don’t really see it as a setback, we just needed to slow things down a little bit instead of trying to force through everything.” 

Wieters was hoping to DH on Sunday, but manager Buck Showalter said he will not play until Wednesday at the earliest, per The Baltimore Sun.


X-rays come back negative for Orioles C Matt Wieters (elbow)


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters underwent X-rays on his injured elbow, which came back negative, according to the Baltimore Sun on Thursday. Wieters was shut down for at least 10 days from catching duties on Wednesday due to elbow tendinitis. Manager Buck Showalter added that Wieters has no further tests scheduled. 

Orioles' Matt Wieters headed for X-rays on injured elbow


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is headed for X-rays Thursday on his injured elbow, according to MLB.com. Wieters said he is feeling better Thursday after being scratched Wednesday due to elbow tendinitis and the X-rays are for precautionary reasons.

"[Athletic trainer] Richie [Bancells] and them decided by the time I got back [from Wednesday's game] they were going to set it up and get it done," manager Buck Showalter said of Wieters. "Talked to Dr. [Michael] Jacobs a little bit and wanted to make sure we had a baseline. Before and after stuff."


Orioles' Matt Wieters shut down 10 days from catching duties


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) The Orioles have shut down Matt Wieters from catching duties for at least week because of elbow tendinitis. Manager Buck Showalter told reporters that Opening Day remains a "distinct possibility" for Wieters, but if he's not able to catch when the season starts, he'll "probably not" have him on the active roster, according to the Baltimore Sun and MLB.com.

"Just tendonitis," Showalter said of Wieters, per MLB.com. "It was something we were all kind of expected at some point. We all kind of thought if we back off a little bit, we've got a long time yet. We're only halfway through the Spring Training season."

Wieters caught six innings in his Grapefruit League catching debut on Tuesday, but experienced "little aches" in two out of every seven throws back to the mound, and didn't want the pain to "mushroom," per MASN Sports. The decision to shut him down was made after both sides discussed with Dr. James Andrews. Wieters could still serve as a designated hitter on Sunday for the Orioles.

He has been held without a hit in his first 23 at-bats this spring.


Orioles C Matt Wieters scheduled to catch again on Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters told reporters he feels fine physically the day after his Grapefruit League debut on Tuesday. He's scheduled to catch again on Thursday against the Pirates, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Wieters caught six innings before getting replaced. He went hitless in three at bats, with two ground outs and a fly out. When asked if he will try to catch more than six innings on Thursday, he told the paper he will, depending on how he feels during the game.


Matt Wieters goes hitless in return to Orioles lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Matt Wieters returned to the Orioles lineup, at catcher, on Tuesday. 

Wieters is returning from Tommy John surgery. He'd worked at catcher in B-squad games and served as designated hitter for the O's. 

Starting behind the plate and batting fifth in the lineup, Wieters caught six innings before getting replaced. He went hitless in three at bats, with two ground outs and a fly out. 

Wieters had one chance in the field, on Josmil Pinto's single on a soft ground ball in front of the plate in the second inning. 

"Walking in from the bullpen got a great ovation from the fans down here and it meant a lot to me to get that kind of ovation," Wieters said, according to MASNSports.com's Steve Melewski


Orioles' Matt Wieters scheduled to catch in spring game on Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Matt Wieters will serve as a catcher in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Twins, according to MLB.com. Wieters, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, caught in back-to-back B games for the Orioles over the weekend, and will catch for the first time this spring. Wieters served as a DH before Tuesday.

"It's a lot of roads. It's another road today he's got to cross," Showalter said. "It's been a long process for him. I'm sure there's been some times ... It was a tough decision for him last year. It was something that was inevitably going to have to happen and I think he made the right move. It was tough on him watching last year."


Orioles' Matt Wieters to catch second straight day


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Matt Wieters will play catcher in the Orioles' B game on Sunday, marking the first time he's caught on consecutive days since his Tommy John surgery.

Like Saturday's game, there will be no basestealing in Sunday's contest, according to a report by beat writer Brittany Ghiroli

Wieters caught six innings on Saturday. If he comes through Sunday without any setbacks, he will return to the Orioles A-lineup for Tuesday's game.