Orioles catcher Matt Wieters expected to start season on DL

Saturday March 21st, 2015

Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is expected to start the season on the disabled list, according to MASN.

Manager Buck Showalter said Saturday that Wieters is "unlikely" to start the year on the Orioles' 25-man roster.

Last Wednesday, Showalter said Wieters won't catch for the next week because of tendonitis in his elbow. Wieters had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last June and caught his first spring training game on Tuesday. He had X-rays earlier in the week, which came back clean, according to MASN.

"We like the reports we're getting back on it," said Showalter. "We like where it's headed, but we want to make sure it's completely dissolved itself and let him catch without any mental worries."

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Wieters played in only 26 games last season but was named to the All-Star team. During his last full season in 2013, he batted .235 with 22 home runs and 79 RBI.

The Orioles open the season on April 6 at the Tampa Bay Rays.

- Molly Geary


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