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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%: 29/3 | Average Draft Position: 173.33
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Orioles' Matt Wieters set for 'catcher movement' drills Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters will get behind the plate Monday to take part in "catcher movement" drills, which involve quickly throwing to each base, MLB.com reports.

"It's got to be a little more reactive and instinctual, which is what we're going to try to accomplish with this," Wieters said. "We'll go by feel. I got into -- a little bit earlier in the rehab -- where I wanted to test it, test it, test it, then you end up pushing it too far and you can set yourself back. It's a matter of just going by feel and getting as much out of it as we can without feeling like we're fatiguing and risking injury."

Wieters caught two innings in Sunday's intrasquad game, marking his first time catching a game since undergoing Tommy John surgery. "It's definitely nice to get back there, but as far as feeling like I was rusty or anything like that, I really didn't. It felt kind of normal back there being a catcher," Wieters said.

The catcher is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut in Tuesday's home opener as the team's designated hitter.


Orioles' Matt Wieters to begin last step in recovery from elbow surgery


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters will take the last step in his recovery from elbow surgery when he begins catcher-movement drills Monday, reports The Baltimore Sun.

Wieters is recovering from elbow ligament reconstruction surgery and is slated to be cleared March 17 to begin throwing in games.


Orioles' Matt Wieters to catch intrasquad game Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters will be behind the plate in a game situation for the first time since May when he starts Sunday's intrasquad game, the Baltimore Sun reports.

"This is a day I've been waiting for about nine months now," Wieters said. "It's what I enjoy doing and even though it won't be full catching and throwing and doing everything full, it's still nice to get behind the plate and be able to get work in as a catcher at least."

Wieters, who had elbow ligament reconstruction surgery last June, is scheduled to catch two innings Sunday. He won't throw at 100 percent until March 17 but will continue to work in simulatd scenarios behind the plate in order to allow him to catch five-to-seven innings when he's ready for Grapefruit League games.


Orioles' Wieters will catch 5-7 innings in first game behind plate


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Thursday catcher Matt Wieters (elbow) will catch 5-7 innings when he plays in his first spring game at catcher March 17, per MLB.com.

Orioles C Matt Wieters throwing from approximately 120 feet


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters completed a long toss session from approximately 120 feet on Saturday, reports the Baltimore Sun.

Wieters, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, has been throwing on back-to-back days, but took the day off on Friday before resuming on Saturday. He is expected to serve as a designated hitter for the first half of March while he recovers from surgery.


Orioles catcher Matt Wieters (elbow) will be DH for first half of March


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Wednesday catcher Matt Wieters, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, will DH for the first half of March, per MLB Network Radio.

"He'll be in our first intrasquad lineup and he'll DH up until the 17th, and he will make some road trips," Showalter said.

Showalter added Wednesday that Wieters will not break camp with the team if he is unable to play behind the plate, per MASNsports.com.


Orioles' Matt Wieters has goal of being ready by opening day


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, who is throwing from 150 feet in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, said he is preparing to be ready by opening day.

"The rehab's going well and going how it's supposed to from all the talk I've gotten with Dr. (James) Andrews and my physical therapist down here and Richie (Bancells)," Wieters said, per MASNsports.com. "Everything's kind of moved along and we're preparing for me to be ready for opening day. We still have a good couple of months before we're there, so it's still going to be a lot of work to put into it, but that's what I'm preparing for. We're trying to get all the steps checked off before we get there.

"We'll see when I'm actually going to be able to get behind the plate and catch in games during spring training, but it's just a matter of making sure the arm has been tested enough to where when we do get into games with adrenaline and a little bit of pressure that we're ready to go."

Wieters added making sure his shoulder is also in good shape is part of the rehab process coming off elbow surgery.

"(Monday) we went out to 150 just to test it out a little bit," he said, "and everything has kind of checked out and we've had nothing really major to set back the progression."


Orioles' Matt Wieters throwing from 150 feet


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters has begun throwing from 150 feet, according to MASN.

Wieters underwent Tommy John surgery last season, and is working his way back from the surgery. He was cleared to start throwing from 150 feet on Monday. Wieters had previously been throwing from 120 feet. He said he's preparing as if he'll be ready for opening day.

Wieters hit .308/.339/.500 over 104 at-bats last year.


O's avoid arbitration with Wieters, Tillman, Davis, Matusz


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Orioles have locked up catcher Matt Wieters, starter Chris Tillman, first baseman Chris Davis and reliever Brian Matusz on Friday, avoiding arbitration, according to MASN Sports, the Baltimore Sun and CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Wieters will make $8.3 million and Matusz will make $3.2 million. Meanwhile, Tillman reached a $4.315 million settlement for 2015. He earned $546,000 last year.


Orioles catcher Matt Wieters throwing from 120 feet Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters will throw from 120 feet Monday in Atlanta for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last summer, manager Buck Showalter said. Showalter added it is a big step in Wieters' recovery.

Manny Machado to attend minicamp, Matt Wieters won't


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/4/2015) Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, who's recovering from knee surgery, is scheduled to attend a three-day minicamp at the team's spring training complex next week, reports the Baltimore Sun.

Catcher Matt Wieters, who's recovering from June elbow surgery, is rehabbing in Atlanta and won't attend the minicamp, the report said. Wieters is still expected to be ready for Opening Day, though the team is seeking an experienced backup catcher as insurance, the paper said.


Scott Boras: Matt Wieters will be ready by opening day


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters will be ready by opening day, according to his agent, Scott Boras. 

Wieters underwent Tommy John surgery is June, and is working his way back from the injury. It's unclear if Wieters will be able to catch full-time at the beginning of the year, or if he'll have to be worked in slowly. Manager Buck Showalter recently told reporters he wasn't sure Wieters would be ready by opening day, but he expected him to good shortly after. Wieters hit .308/.339/.500 over 104 at-bats before having surgery. 


Showalter: Machado appears more likely for O's opener than Wieters


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) Orioles manager Buck Showalter conveyed third baseman Manny Machado has a better chance of being ready for the Orioles season opener than catcher Matt Wieters, according to CSNBaltimore.com. 

Machado had right knee surgery in August and Wieters underwent Tommy John surgery in June.

"With both of these guys, it will be when and not if. I think if you held a gun up to my head, I think Manny makes the start of the year, and I think Matt is very close thereafter, 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," Showalter said.


Duquette optimistic Orioles C Wieters will return by opener


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) Orioles general manager Dan Duquette said there is a "good chance" that catcher Matt Wieters will return by opening day after having undergone Tommy John surgery in May, per the Baltimore Sun.

Wieters was off to a hot start in 2014, compiling a .308/.339/.500 slash line in 104 at-bats before going down.


O's tender contracts to all 11 arbitration-eligible players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) As expected, the Orioles announced Tuesday they have tendered contracts to all 11 arbitration-eligible players. Those players include: Catcher Matt Wieters, infielders Chris Davis, Ryan Flaherty and Steve Pearce, outfielder Alejandro De Aza, right-handers Miguel Gonzalez, Tommy Hunter, Bud Norris and Chris Tillman and left-handers Zach Britton and Brian Matusz.

Orioles' Manny Machado, Matt Wieters progressing well


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) Orioles third baseman Manny Machado and catcher Matt Wieters are progressing well from their injuries, according to MLB Network Radio.

Manager Buck Showalter said he expects both players to be fully healed by next season, but added that the club will prepare as though neither player will be around. Machado had knee surgery in August. Wieters is coming off June Tommy John surgery. 


Matt Weiters optimistic about 2015


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/8/2014) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is making progress in his recovery from Tommy John surgery in June, which already has him thinking about next season, according to MLB.com.

"It seems like about every week or two weeks we'll get a good breakthrough with something and move forward," Wieters said. "Then we'll have another week or two of trying to get to that next phase or feeling where we're trying to get it back to feeling as normal as possible as quick as possible."

Wieters doesn't yet know about his availability for spring training, but manager Buck Showalter said trainer Richie Bancells was "upbeat" about the catcher's range of motion.


Orioles make some roster moves Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) The Orioles announced Wednesday they selected the contract of infielder Cord Phelps from Triple-A Norfolk. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, catcher Matt Wieters (elbow) was moved to the 60-day disabled list.

American League starters revealed for All-Star Game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) On Sunday, Major League Baseball revealed the American League starting lineup for the 2014 All-Star Game, which will be held on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis. Orioles catcher Matt Wieters was voted as a starter, but Royals catcher Salvador Perez will take his place behind the plate for the game. Other injured players will likely be replaced on the roster moving forward.

The following players were selected as starters by the fans:

OF Jose Bautista, Blue Jays (leading vote-getter)
OF Mike Trout, Angels
OF Adam Jones, Orioles
1B Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
2B Robinson Cano, Mariners
SS Derek Jeter, Yankees
3B Josh Donaldson, Athletics
C Matt Wieters, Orioles
DH Nelson Cruz, Orioles

RHP Yu Darvish, Rangers
RHP Max Scherzer, Tigers
RHP Felix Hernandez, Mariners
RHP Masahiro Tanaka, Yankees
LHP Jon Lester, Red Sox
LHP David Price, Rays
LHP Scott Kazmir, Athletics
LHP Mark Buehrle, Blue Jays
LHP Sean Doolittle, Athletics
RHP Greg Holland, Royals
LHP Glen Perkins, Twins
RHP Dellin Betances, Yankees


Matt Wieters targeting opening day 2015


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, who had elbow surgery Tuesday, said he hopes to return for the start of the 2015 season, reports the Baltimore Sun. "Hopefully we will get all the soreness out of here in a couple days and get going on the rehab," he said.

Wieters will rehab in Atlanta and travel with the Orioles in August and September.


Matt Wieters undergoes elbow surgery Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters underwent season-ending elbow surgery Tuesday. He had his elbow ligament replaced, a nerve removed and a bone spur shaved down, according to MLB.com.

Matt Wieters to undergo UCL reconstructive surgery


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is scheduled to undergo reconstructive surgery on his UCL Tuesday, the team announced.

Wieters is expected to need nine months of recovery time, meaning he will miss the remainder of the 2014 season. He should be ready for the beginning of the 2015 season provided he suffers no setbacks, though he will likely be limited to hitting during the early part of the seaso. Wieters finishes this season with a .304/.339/.500 line, five home runs and 18 RBI in 104 at-bats.


Surgery a 'possibility' for Matt Wieters


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Tommy John surgery is a "possibility" for Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, according to MLB Network Radio.

Wieters will meet with Dr. James Andrews Monday to determine whether the surgery will be necessary. He's had trouble with his throwing elbow for a while now, but rest has not improved the issue. Wieters is hitting .308 in 104 at-bats.


Matt Wieters scheduled to visit Dr. James Andrews


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters will pay another visit to Dr. James Andrews on Monday, after experiencing more elbow discomfort, MASN Sports reports. Wieters is expected to announce if he'll need surgery soon after his visit with Andrews.

Wieters has been sidelined since May 10 while recovering from an elbow injury. He batted 308 over 104 at-bats before the injury.

Report: Matt Wieters' throwing program not going well


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters' throwing program is not going well and it's looking likely he will need elbow surgery, two sources told FOX Sports. However, a third source said it's still too early to make a determination, as Wieters is having good and bad days with his recovery.