BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles have placed starting catcher Matt Wieters on paternity leave.
Wieters left the team Saturday to join his wife, Maria, who is due to give birth to the couple’s second child.
Wieters, a four-time All Star, is batting .240 with 10 homers and 45 RBIs in 91 games.
Baltimore recalled Francisco Pena from Triple-A Norfolk to be the second catcher behind Caleb Joseph. Pena played in nine games with the Orioles this season while Joseph was on the disabled list.
The Orioles also recalled pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne from Norfolk. The reliever replaced Tyler Wilson, who was optioned to Norfolk late Friday.
In 15 games with the Orioles this season, Despaigne is 0-2 with a 4.81 ERA.