Orioles catcher Matt Wieters returns from Tommy John surgery

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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.