Scott Boras: Matt Wieters will be ready for Opening Day

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Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is on his way back from Tommy John surgery, but should be ready for Opening Day according to agent Scott Boras, reports Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe. Wieters underwent surgery in mid-June.

Before going on the disabled list on May 11, Wieters was performing quite well, batting .308/.339/.500 with five home runs and 18 RBI. The 28-year-old catcher told reporters that he experienced elbow discomfort on a throw to second base on April 20, and it was bothersome for several weeks thereafter before he was ultimately sidelined.

As mentioned on Saturday night, the Orioles would have to rely on Caleb Joseph and Steve Clevenger if the season were to start today, which is why the club has been interested in bringing back Nick Hundley. However, Hundley reportedly has a two-year deal from an unknown team, and the Orioles ostensibly aren’t interested in going beyond one year with the veteran.

Denard Span likely to retire from baseball

Denard Span
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Veteran outfielder Denard Span is likely to hang up his spikes, per Patrick Reusse of The Star Tribune. Span told Reusse, “I haven’t announced it officially, but maybe this is it.”

Span says he received several minor league contract offers, but added that “they didn’t seem right as far as having a chance to move up to the big club if I was doing well in Triple-A.”

The 38-year-old hasn’t played in the majors since 2018 with the Rays and Mariners. Over 501 combined plate appearances, he hit .261/.341/.419 with 11 home runs and 58 RBI.  The Mariners did not pick up his 2019 option and he didn’t end up playing anywhere last year, even in the minors.

If this is it for Span, he would wrap up an 11-year major league career during which he suited up for five different teams: the Twins, the Nationals, and Giants as well as the Rays and Mariners. Notably, he accrued 1,498 hits, scored 773 runs, and stole 185 bases.