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

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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.