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.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.