Matt Wieters C BAL 4 days ago

Wieters will remain in Florida to play extended spring training games, Rich Dubroff of CSN reports.

The Orioles have not released a timetable for Wieters' return, but he's expected to begin the season on the DL. It's unknown how long he'll remain in Florida, and the plan is for him to progress through a couple of minor league stops before returning to the Orioles sometime in April.

Matt Wieters C BAL 5 days ago

Wieters (elbow) took the field with the other catchers for a workout before batting practice Wednesday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

Wieters is expected to begin the season on the disabled list at this point, but a workout marks some progress in his recovery. While no timetable is in place at this point, his status should continue to be monitored as the regular season draws near in case something changes.

Matt Wieters C BAL 1 week ago

Wieters is now expected to start the season on the disabled list, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports.

This information is contradictory to some earlier reports we've seen that suggest Wieters would enter the season on the active roster as the team's DH. While the report notes there was no setback with Wieters return from Tommy John surgery, this news is, at the least, a bit worrisome. He will be eligible to return April 11, so if he is able to come back healthy, this absence will not seriously affect his fantasy value.

Matt Wieters C BAL 2 weeks ago

Wieters (elbow) underwent an X-ray on Thursday, which came back clean, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.

It's uncertain whether the Orioles have any additional exams scheduled, namely an MRI, but this report is encouraging. Wieters, who underwent Tommy John surgery last year, has been diagnosed with tendinitis in his elbow and will be restricted from catching duties for a week. Manager Buck Showalter suggested Wednesday that the team will not keep Wieters on the active roster at the start of the year just to DH.

Matt Wieters C BAL 2 weeks ago

Wieters is dealing with elbow tendinitis and will refrain from catching duties for a week, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Wieters could serve as the designated hitter as early as Sunday, but manager Buck Showalter indicated he doesn't think the issue will keep him from Opening Day. If it does prevent him from catching, however, he's not expected to serve as the designated hitter, meaning he could begin the season on the disabled list if the issue extends into the regular season.

Matt Wieters C BAL 2 weeks ago

Wieters will be behind the plate for the first time in spring training for Baltimore's Grapefruit League game Tuesday, MASN Sports reports.

Wieters is right on his scheduled time in making his return behind the dish. He caught minor league games Saturday and Sunday, but there was no report that he had thrown to second base in those games. Wieters should certainly be able to make those throws at this point if he is starting a spring training game. Look for Wieters to get frequent days off over the next week to ease into the role, but it does appear that he is on track for the Opening Day lineup.

Matt Wieters C BAL 2 weeks ago

Wieters (elbow) caught six innings in Saturday's minor league game, the Baltimore Sun's Eduardo A. Encina reports.

This was twice as many innings as Wieters caught in the intrasquad game 12 days earlier. He is slated to do the same in Sunday's game, and appears to be on track to start behind the dish on Opening Day.

Matt Wieters C BAL 3 weeks ago

Wieters (elbow) is slated to catch 5-to-7 innings Saturday and again on Sunday, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.

This will mark his first action behind the plate this spring, as he has been serving as the team's DH so far. Unfortunately he has started off in an 0-for-17 slump in Grapefruit League play, and apparently still has a bit of rust to knock off at the plate. Thankfully, this is what spring games are for, and as continues to progress with his catching we should start to get a better idea as to whether he will be ready to catch on Opening Day.

Matt Wieters C BAL 3 weeks ago

Wieters (elbow) is 0-for-17 this spring through Tuesday's game while hitting as the designated hitter.

It is believed Wieters is still several days from catching, but he has participated as the designated hitter and he is still looking for his first Grapefruit League hit this spring. There is not great cause for concern with spring training slumps, but Wieters draws a red flag here since he is working his way back from Tommy John surgery. He remains questionable for the start of the season.

Matt Wieters C BAL 4 weeks ago

Wieters made his spring debut and went 0-for-3 as the designated hitter in Wednesday's loss to the Tigers.

Wieters threw before the game, but he will not appear as the catcher for another couple of weeks. The throwing program seems to be going well, manager Buck Showalter told MASN Sports.