Orioles catcher Matt Wieters limited to DH duties until mid-March


Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is recovered enough from Tommy John elbow surgery to be in the lineup for early spring training games, but he’ll be limited to designated hitter duties until mid-March.

That’s when Wieters will be cleared to resume throwing at 100 percent, although in the meantime he may do some catching without throwing in intrasquad games.

Wieters underwent surgery in June and the recovery timetable for catchers is typically much closer to that of pitchers than it is to other position players. Baltimore could choose to stash Wieters at DH and get his bat into the lineup even if his elbow isn’t fully healthy by Opening Day.

White Sox slugger Jiménez sidelined with bruised foot

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CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.

The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.

Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.

“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”

The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.