O's activate Matt Wieters from the disabled list

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Orioles catcher Matt Wieters has been activated from the 15-day disabled list and is batting seventh in Sunday’s lineup against the Twins.

Wieters was placed on the disabled list just after the All-Star break with a strained right hamstring and only required the allotted 15 days to recover.  Now healthy, he will try to right the ship on what has been a disappointing 2010 campaign. 

Through 269 at-bats, the former first-round pick has posted a .245
batting average, a .315 on-base percentage, six home runs and only 29
RBI.  But with the O’s so far back in the American League East, he should start every day no matter the kind of numbers that he’s posting.

Craig Tatum was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk in a corresponding move, leaving Jake Fox as the Orioles’ emergency backup catcher.  In fact, Fox got in some time behind the plate on Saturday night when Tatum was struck in the hand by a foul tip.

Brewers place Eric Thames on disabled list with torn UCL in left thumb

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On Wednesday, the Brewers placed first baseman Eric Thames on the 10-day disabled list with a torn UCL in his left thumb. In a corresponding roster move, the Brewers recalled pitcher Brandon Woodruff from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Thames, 31, exited Tuesday’s game against the Royals before the bottom of the ninth inning. After the game, manager Craig Counsell expressed concern about his thumb. As MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports, Brewers GM David Stearns says that surgery is likely but not definite, but that he expects Thames to be back for a “significant” portion of the 2018 season.

Thames was hitting quite well for the Brewers, owning a .250/.351/.625 triple-slash line along with seven home runs and 13 RBI in 74 plate appearances. Jesus Aguilar should handle first base while Thames is out. Ryan Braun could also see some action at first base.