Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is scheduled to play catch Friday for the first time since Dr. James Andrews shut him down from throwing after examining his injured elbow.
Wieters hasn’t played since May 10, hasn’t been behind the plate since May 4, and Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that Friday’s session will be merely “light catch,” so he’s a long way from potentially coming off the disabled list.
Baltimore was worried enough about Wieters’ status to trade for San Diego catcher Nick Hundley earlier this week and it’s possible that whenever Wieters does return it’ll be as primarily a designated hitter.
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.