Matt Wieters begins rehab assignment with two hits


Orioles catcher Matt Wieters began a minor-league rehab assignment Tuesday at Double-A, going 2-for-4 while catching all nine innings in his comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery.

Wieters and the Orioles are targeting a June 4 return date because that’s when he’s eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list and Rich Dubroff of reports that he’s expected to start at catcher every other day while also seeing action at designated hitter.

He’s about 11 months removed from the surgery, but Wieters experienced a setback during spring training that delayed his return timetable.

Caleb Joseph has done a very good job filling in for Wieters as the Orioles’ primary catcher, hitting .274 with four homers and an .809 OPS in 35 games.