BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles have placed starting catcher Matt Wieters on paternity leave.
Wieters left the team Saturday to join his wife, Maria, who is due to give birth to the couple’s second child.
Wieters, a four-time All Star, is batting .240 with 10 homers and 45 RBIs in 91 games.
Baltimore recalled Francisco Pena from Triple-A Norfolk to be the second catcher behind Caleb Joseph. Pena played in nine games with the Orioles this season while Joseph was on the disabled list.
The Orioles also recalled pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne from Norfolk. The reliever replaced Tyler Wilson, who was optioned to Norfolk late Friday.
In 15 games with the Orioles this season, Despaigne is 0-2 with a 4.81 ERA.
Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki thought fast to avoid being tagged in last night’s game against the Orioles. After reaching on an errant throw by Jonathan Schoop, Tulowitzki made a wide turn at first base before realizing that he wouldn’t be able to make it to second. Matt Wieters alertly picked up the ball and tried to make the tag, but Tulowitzki just hopped right over him and landed right on first base. Check it out:
Pretty clever. The best part is Tulowitzki calmly stood there afterwards like it was no big thing. Just your run-of-the-mill baseball stuff.
Dan Duquette, the Orioles’ executive vice president of baseball operations, told season ticket-holders on Saturday that the team wants to “sign some of our key players for the future” and added that 1B/OF Chris Davis is “one of them”, as Rich Dubroff of CSN Baltimore reports.
Davis, 29, can become a free agent after the season. He entered action Saturday night batting .257/.341/.541. He homered twice against the Athletics on Saturday, including a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Though he leads the majors with 144 strikeouts, he also leads with 88 RBI and has knocked 34 balls out of the park as well. The veteran has more than bounced back from last year’s subpar showing.
Davis is one of many Orioles who could leave via free agency after the season. The others include Matt Wieters, Wei-Yin Chen, Gerardo Parra, Darren O’Day, Steve Pearce, and Nolan Reimold.