Matt Wieters will be catching again “in the near future” manager Buck Showalter assured reporters in St. Petersburg. Fla. before Wednesday night’s game with Tampa Bay.
Wieters consulted with orthopedist Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla. earlier in the day, and while he is not in the lineup, Showalter said that he would use him if necessary.
The catcher said that he had felt soreness for a week or 10 days, and would rest his ailing right elbow.
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Two weeks ago, Wieters missed a game in Toronto with what was called a right forearm injury, and said he was concerned when his elbow began hurting.
Before the injury, Wieters sat out just two of the Orioles’ first 17 games. He was already scheduled to rest for the 18th game, a Monday morning game that followed a Sunday night game in Boston.
He’s played in 23 of the Orioles’ 30 games, and while he’s hit well, his throwing has been subpar. In the previous three seasons, Wieters threw out at least 35 percent of runners attempting to steal. So far this season, 11 of 12 runners trying to steal on Wieters have been successful.
Twenty-seven year-old Caleb Joseph gets his first start tonight while Wieters watches.
Orioles fans will just hope that the near future isn’t very far off for Wieters.