Matt Wieters C/DH BAL 1 week ago

Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is out of the lineup Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays because of a sore back, according to MASN Sports. Wieters was slated to start at first base Sunday but was held out as a precaution, though Orioles manager Buck Showalter expects Wieters to start at catcher Monday against the Atlanta Braves.

Matt Wieters C/DH BAL 3 weeks ago

Wieters is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Nationals, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.

Wieters caught consecutive games for the first time all year Monday and Tuesday, but he apparently won't repeat the feat before the All-Star break. It's unclear if his workload will be limited during the second half of the season, as the Orioles are still being cautious more than five weeks after his initial return. The team has given Wieters a few starts as a designated hitter, but it's hard to justify using him in that role against right-handed pitchers.

Matt Wieters C/DH BAL 4 weeks ago

Wieters is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Twins, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Wieters caught back-to-back games for the first time all season Monday and Tuesday, so it's not huge surprise that he'll get a day off Wednesday. Caleb Joseph will start behind the plate in his place, batting ninth for the Orioles.

Matt Wieters C/DH BAL 1 month ago

Wieters will start back-to-back games behind the plate for the first time all season Tuesday, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Wieters did get occasional playing time as a DH over the last few weeks, but the Orioles' restriction still cost him some at-bats. He's recorded just 71 since returning from the disabled list June 5, picking up 18 hits, three home runs, 10 RBI and nine runs, with a .254/.276/.493 slash line. The Orioles may not ask Wieters to shoulder as heavy of a workload as in past seasons, but that could change later in the year if the team is still contending for a playoff spot.

Matt Wieters C/DH BAL 1 month ago

Wieters is out of the lineup Sunday against the White Sox, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports.

In the midst of an 0-for-15 slump over his last four games that has dropped his season average to .224, Wieters will take a seat and make way for Caleb Joseph. Some rust was expected from Wieters after he missed almost a calendar year while recovering from Tommy John surgery, so this might represent a good buy-low window in which to target the catcher.

Matt Wieters C/DH BAL 1 month ago

Wieters went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Saturday's loss to the White Sox.

Wieters is now 0-for-15 in his last four games, dropping his average from .288 to .224. With just 67 at-bats on the season, a small slump or a little boom can have a profound affect on his ratios. Wieters caught Thursday, was the DH Friday and caught again Saturday. Given that he has not yet caught back-to-back games and his current slump, Wieters is a good bet to sit Sunday.

Matt Wieters C/DH BAL 1 month ago

Wieters is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Rangers, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.

The Orioles are still being a bit cautious with Wieters' workload, and he's yet to catch on consecutive days. Owners have to be disappointed that he isn't even DHing, as the Rangers are tossing left-handed Wandy Rodriguez, and Wieters owns an .824 career OPS against southpaws.

Matt Wieters C/DH BAL 1 month ago

Wieters isn't in the lineup for the first game of Sunday's doubleheader with the Indians, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.

The Orioles will split the two starts between their two catchers, with Caleb Joseph slotting in behind the plate for Game 1 before Wieters takes over for the nightcap.

Matt Wieters C/DH BAL 1 month ago

Wieters is out of the lineup Friday against Cleveland.

The Orioles are facing Corey Kluber and the Indians on Friday and despite Wieters' numbers against right-handers (.353 with two home runs), Caleb Joseph will take over behind the plate. Wieters should return to the lineup for Saturday's matchup against Cody Anderson.

Matt Wieters C/DH BAL 1 month ago

Wieters is back in the lineup Thursday against Boston.

Wieters was given the night off Wednesday but will return to the Orioles' lineup Thursday as the cleanup hitter. He'll be facing lefty Eduardo Rodriguez in the series finale. Wieters is 3-for-11 against left-handed starters this season and 1-for-3 against Rodriguez.