Rehabbing catcher Matt Wieters caught nine innings Tuesday in a game at the Orioles’ spring training complex in Sarasota, Florida and manager Buck Showalter is now eyeing a specific date for the 28-year-old’s 2015 debut:
Wieters, who had Tommy John surgery last June 17, was placed on the 60-day disabled list on Sunday, and he’s eligible to return on June 4.
“He should join us then if everything goes well, if we don’t have any setbacks. It may be an every other day scenario,” manager Buck Showalter said.
That comes from Rich Dubroff, the Orioles insider for CSNBaltimore.com.
Wieters is in a contract year, so the final four months of the 2015 season will be a pretty important stretch of his career. A very good defensive backstop, Wieters hit .308/.339/.500 with five home runs and 18 RBI in 26 games last season for the Orioles and he tallied 22 home runs and 79 RBI over 148 games in 2013.
Tampa Bay’s management and medical staff have mapped out a timetable for Matt Moore that should get the 25-year-old lefty back in the Rays’ starting rotation around the first or second week of June.
Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune says Moore is scheduled to throw a simulated game Wednesday and then another one five days later. If both of those go well, he will be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment. And it should only take him 3-4 minor league starts to get properly tuned up for the bigs.
Moore has been on the shelf since undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last April.
He boasts a 3.53 ERA and 339 strikeouts in 347 career big league innings.
Yasiel Puig was lifted from a rehab game Friday at High-A Rancho Cucamonga after reaggravating his left hamstring strain while running to first base. He underwent an MRI on Monday, which confirmed that he’s going to have to back off from baseball activities.
“A little bit of a setback,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly confirmed Tuesday evening to J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles News Group.
Puig might not have to completely start over, but it figures that he’ll be shut down for at least a week to give the hamstring more time to heal. The 24-year-old Cuban outfielder has been on the disabled list since April 24 and this hamstring injury has been bothering him since the second week of the regular season. Andre Ethier has been serving as the Dodgers’ right fielder.
Bill Shanks of Atlanta Dugout was first to this …
Atlanta Dugout.com has learned Braves left-hander Mike Minor will undergo shoulder surgery and will likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
The specifics of the surgery aren’t known, but it’s obviously going to be a pretty significant procedure.
Minor was limited to 145 1/3 innings last season due to left shoulder troubles and posted a disappointing 4.77 ERA when healthy. He felt renewed shoulder discomfort a few days before his scheduled 2015 Grapefruit League debut and opened the regular season on the disabled list. Now he’ll finish it on the DL, too.
Minor was awarded a $5.6 million salary in late February following an arbitration hearing.
The 27-year-old will be a non-tender candidate this winter despite his past success.
From beat writer T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com comes word that Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin aggravated his sprained left wrist Monday night when he got jammed by an inside pitch. Martin is not in the Rangers’ lineup on Tuesday against the Royals and he could be looking at an extended absence.
Martin missed four straight games last week with the same injury and it obviously hadn’t fully healed. The 27-year-old was batting just .209/.246/.278 through his first 123 plate appearances this season.
Delino DeShields Jr. is playing center field and batting ninth for the Rangers on Tuesday night.