Orioles manager Buck Showalter just announced that the team expects rehabbing catcher Matt Wieters to return from Tommy John elbow surgery and rejoin the active roster next Friday, June 5.
Before that can happen Wieters has to avoid any setbacks on his minor-league rehab assignment at Double-A and Triple-A, which is no sure thing considering he just started seeing game action again and hasn’t played in the majors in nearly 13 months.
Wieters was off to a strong start last season before being shut down, but his offensive production has been somewhat disappointing overall with a lifetime .257 batting average and .743 OPS in 683 games. Still, as an impending free agent who just turned 29 years old the three-time All-Star catcher would be in line for a huge payday if he can show that he’s fully healthy.
Caleb Joseph has done a fine job filling in for Wieters as the Orioles’ primary catcher, hitting .261 with four homers and a .771 OPS in 38 games.