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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: 7 | Salary: $5,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 90/70 | Average Draft Position: 183.68
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Orioles' Matt Wieters still not ready to catch on consecutive days


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:31 am ET) Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Thursday catcher Matt Wieters is still not ready to catch on consecutive days.

"It's not if, I think it's when, and that's going to be totally up to Matt and John Russell and the trainers," Showalter said, per MASNsports.com. "It's not something I walk up to him every day and say, 'Hey, is today the day? Is today the day?' I'm not going to do that to him. I'm not going to jeopardize him being here every other day by pushing the envelope on it. But I know he's playing some catch now between outings, so to speak.

"When he first got here, he'd catch and take the next day off, even though he's available. We wouldn't have brought him here if we felt like we couldn't use him in a game the day after, but he is now doing some things on the day he's not catching that he wasn't doing when he first got here, so I think it will happen at some point. When it is, I don't know, and we're fortunate to have Caleb (Joseph) and some other catchers down below that we feel good about the depth.

"We'll take it the way it is, and if it's this way the rest of the year, so be it. I think at some point he'll feel comfortable doing it. I try to stay out of that. I don't want him to think that I'm putting that pressure on him, and I'm not. We'll take him any way we can get him."


Orioles catcher Matt Wieters parks two-run HR in Thursday's win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters hit a two-run homer off Eduardo Rodriguez during a six-run fourth inning Thursday, and the Orioles beat the Red Sox, 8-6. Wieters finished 2 for 5 with one strikeout.

Wieters has homered three times in 15 games since coming off the disabled list in early June. Wieters, who entered play Thursday mired in a 1-for-12 slump in his last four games, has five multihit games.


Orioles C Matt Wieters gets a day off on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/24/2015) After catching two consecutive games for the first time all year, Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is being held out of the lineup on Wednesday against the Red Sox. Wieters, who missed the first part of the season recovering from elbow surgery, caught Sunday and Tuesday's games, marking the first time he had been behind the plate in back-to-back contests.

But it seems manager Buck Showalter is not ready for him to be back there for three straight, so Caleb Joseph will draw the start on Wednesday.


Orioles in no rush to have Matt Wieters catch on back-to-back days


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2015) Orioles manager Buck Showalter doesn't appear to be in a rush to have Matt Wieters start back-to-back days at catcher.

"We're excited about having him back every other day," Showalter said, per MASNsports.com. "He's still a tad ahead of schedule from what that normally is and we're not going to push that.

"I'm not going to put a firm date on it. I don't know if I'll ever ask him about him. John (Russell) and him talk all the time. He'll let us know. He's made real good decisions concerning this every time. He knows how much he means to us. He also knows what it would mean if he wasn't and he pushed too quickly with it.

"Will there come a time? Yeah, I think there will. When? I've got in the back of my head when I think it'll be, but nothing imminent."


Orioles C Matt Wieters gets a day off on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/16/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is getting the night off on Tuesday against the Phillies, as he is not in the starting lineup. Manager Buck Showalter has been alternating between Wieters and Caleb Joseph over the last six games, and Joseph will get the start on Tuesday.

Wieters is batting .333 (9 for 27) with two home runs in eight games since returning from a year-long stint on the disabled list.


Matt Wieters hits three-run homer in Orioles' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning of Monday's win over Philadelphia. 

Wieters went 1 for 3 and homered for the first time since June 7. It was his second home run of the year and brought him to seven RBI. 

It was Wieters' first three-run shot since May 22, 2013. 


Orioles' Matt Wieters gets day off, Caleb Joseph starts in place


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's series-finale against the Yankees. 

Wieters is getting a day of rest after recording two doubles on Saturday. He's still being eased back into action after recently coming off of the disabled list with an elbow injury. Wieters is hitting .348 this season since re-joining his team. 

Starting in place of Wieters on Sunday will be Caleb Joseph


Orioles C Matt Wieters records two doubles on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/13/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters had two hits, both doubles, in Saturday's 9-4 win over the Yankees. Wieters, who also scored twice, is now batting .348 over his first six games since being activated from the disabled list. 

Orioles C Matt Wieters gets day of rest Friday


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/12/2015) Orioles catch Matt Wieters is out of the starting lineup Friday, as manager Buck Showalter tries to stick to his plan of keeping Wieters from being behind the plate on consecutive nights. 

Wieters has slid right back into his familiar position as one of the key cogs of the Baltimore lineup since returning from his long rehab from Tommy John surgery. He is hitting .316 with four RBIs in 19 at-bats since coming off the DL last week. 

He is just 1-for-6 lifetime against Yankees starter Michael Pineda, so Caleb Joseph will get the nod at catcher. 


Orioles C Matt Wieters not starting on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/10/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is being held out of the lineup on Wednesday against the Red Sox. Wieters had started each of the four games since his return from a season-long stint on the disabled list, so it appears manager Buck Showalter is looking to give him a rest. 

Caleb Joseph will handle the catching duties and bat ninth on Wednesday. 


Orioles C Matt Wieters goes yard in third game since activation


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters hit his first home run of the season during Sunday's 7-3 win over the Indians. 

Wieters took a 0-1 pitch deep right field in the ninth inning.

It didn't take Wieters too long to go yard as this was just third game of the season due to an elbow injury that sidelined him for the first two months. 

Wieters finished the game 2 for 5 and scored two runs. In three games, he's off to a good start by slashing .417/.385/.917. 


Matt Wieters replaces Jimmy Paredes at Orioles DH


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2015) Jimmy Paredes is out of the Orioles' starting lineup for Saturday's game, after starting 31 of the last 33 games in A.L. parks at designated hitter. 

Matt Wieters replaces Paredes. Wieters returned on Friday, after more than a year's absence due to Tommy John surgery. After playing catcher in his first game back, Wieters will DH on Saturday. 


C Matt Wieters behind the plate, hitting fifth for Orioles


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/5/2015) Catcher Matt Wieters, who was activated earlier Friday, will waste no time returning to the lineup, hitting fifth and starting behind the plate as the Orioles take on the Indians. 

Wieters went 5-for-16 in five minor league games, including a home run on Wednesday at Triple-A Norfolk. Wieters will be the fourth catcher Baltimore has used this season. 


Orioles activate C Matt Wieters (elbow) from DL


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/5/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, who has been on the disabled list for more than a year after undergoing Tommy John surgery, was activated by the team Friday and likely will serve as the team's designated hitter, per MASNSports.com.

Wieters, who did rehab assignments throughout Baltimore's farm system, should be a boost to an Orioles offense that has struggled recently. He was hitting .308 with five homers before going on the DL on May 10, 2014 with an elbow issue. 

The Orioles optioned catcher Steve Clevenger to make room for Wieters' return. 


Orioles' Matt Wieters collects two hits in Triple-A rehab game


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters went 2 for 3 with a walk and a run scored in a rehab game with Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday.

Wieters caught all seven innings of Norfolk's 11-1 win in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Wednesday, and he's expected to serve as the team's designated hitter in Game 2. He's scheduled to join the Orioles for his season debut on Friday.


Orioles' Matt Wieters (elbow) to make season debut Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters will be behind the plate on Friday against the Indians in what will be his season debut, MLB.com reports.

Wieters has missed nearly two months to open the season while completing his recovery from Tommy John surgery. He's leading off and playing catcher for Triple-A Norfolk in Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader and is expected to serve as the designated hitter in Game 2 in his final preparation for his return to the majors.

Wieters hit .308/.339/.500 with five home runs and 18 RBI in 104 at-bats last year before being sidelined for the remainder of the season.


Orioles' Wieters, Norris will wait another day for rehab game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) The Orioles may have to wait another day before catcher Matt Wieters and pitcher Bud Norris rejoin the club, after Tuesday's Triple-A Norfolk game was postponed, per MASN Sports. Wieters was expected to catch Norris on Tuesday before both players returned from the disabled list.

Both players will play in the opening game of Wednesday's doubleheader.


Orioles' Matt Wieters, Bud Norris to return Wednesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2015) Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Monday that he expects catcher Matt Wieters and pitcher Bud Norris to rejoin the team Wednesday, reports The Baltimore Sun.

Wieters has not played this season as he makes his way back from Tommy John surgery, while Norris has been on the disabled list since May 10 with a severe case of bronchitis. They are both set to play at Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday.


Orioles C Matt Wieters' return could be sooner than expected


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/31/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters was supposed to make his season debut on June 5 against the Indians. He could potentially speed the process up and play on June 4 against the Astros, per MASNsports.com.

Wieters could play the designated hitter role against the Astros on Thursday if he's needed. If he doesn't see action that day, his debut will remain on Friday against the Indians, where he will resume duties as the catcher.

Wieters has been out for over a year after undergoing Tommy John surgery.


Orioles' Matt Wieters to catch Bud Norris at Triple-A Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters will be behind the plate when pitcher Bud Norris makes a rehab start with Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday, MASNSports.com reports.

Wieters was initially scheduled to catch Monday at Class A Frederick and Wednesday at Norfolk before plans were changed. The catcher remains on track to join the major-league team on Friday. He's been sidelined since last May after undergoing Tommy John surgery.


Orioles C Matt Wieters to make 2015 debut next Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Buck Showalter has announced that Orioles veteran catcher Matt Wieters will return next Friday in Cleveland and start that night against the Indians, the Baltimore Sun has reported.

Wieters, who has been sidelined for nearly 13 months following Tommy John surgery, is currently rehabbing at Double-A Bowie. He has not played for Baltimore since May 10, 2014.


Orioles C Matt Wieters might pass target date to return


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) The absence of Orioles catcher Matt Wieters following Tommy John surgery is approaching 13 months, so one might think a few extra days would be no big deal, especially considering that replacement Caleb Joseph has performed surprisingly well at the plate.

But the team definitely misses Wieters and his return could take a bit longer than expected, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, who is reporting that the Orioles were targeting June 5 for him to come back.

Wieters has caught two games for Double-A Bowie, but took a day off between them. He is 2-for-9 with one RBI.


Orioles catcher Matt Wieters catching every other day


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is still working his way through a rehab assignment, but will only be behind the plate every other day, according to MLB.com.

Wieters is building back his stamina before he catches on consecutive days. 

"And it's going to be a slow process. I've sort of come to terms with that, it's not going to be going back to catching four, five days in a row," Wieters said. "It's how I feel. The every other [day] feels good now and as soon as that little soreness that we have in between is gone, we will start by picking up a ball the day after I catch and go from there. Every other day is better than not playing at all for me right now."

Wieters was able to catch a full game on Tuesday for Double-A Bowie and will catch Thursday and Saturday.

"I'm ready to go," he said. "Yesterday, I was able to get a little bit of a heartbeat going playing under the lights at Bowie. I've been waiting for almost a year now to get back out there."


Orioles C Matt Wieters collects two hits in rehab game Tuesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters went 2 for 4 at the plate during his first minor-league rehab assignment game Tuesday.

Wieters played for the team's Double-A team as he makes his way back from Tommy John surgery. He is expected to play at least three more games. Wieters is eligible to come off the DL on June 4.

Wieters will not play Wednesday and then catch Thursday and Saturday at Double-A, reports MASNSports.com.


Orioles C Matt Wieters to catch at least four games for Double-A


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/26/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, who has yet to play a game this season, has the makings of a gameplan for his minor-league rehab assignment. Wieters is expected to catch at leat four games for Double-A Bowie, and could serve as a designated hitter throughout the assignment as well. 

Manager Buck Showalter says Wieters is expected to rejoin the team on June 4 in Houston or June 5 in Cleveland, according to the Baltimore Sun. He is eligible to come off on June 4.