Orioles catcher Matt Wieters returns from Tommy John surgery


As expected the Orioles have activated Matt Wieters from the disabled list 13 months after the three-time All-Star catcher underwent Tommy John elbow surgery.

Caleb Joseph did a decent job filling in for Wieters this season, hitting .243 with four homers and a .707 OPS in 43 games as the Orioles’ primary catcher, and he figures to continue seeing more playing time than the average backup as the team eases Wieters back into the mix.

Prior to being shut down in May of last season Wieters hit .308 with five homers and an .839 OPS in 26 games, but his career marks include a more modest .257 batting average and .743 OPS at age 29. As an impending free agent there’s a lot of money riding on whether Wieters looks healthy and picks up where he left off at the plate.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.