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.