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.

Attempting to complete cycle, Robinson Chirinos thrown out to end game

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With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.

Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.

The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.

Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.