Orioles catcher Matt Wieters to make season debut next Friday

Friday May 29th, 2015

Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is set to make his season debut next Friday, the team announced

Wieters underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last June and has not appeared in a game since May 10, 2014. He started the season on the disabled list after dealing with tendonitis in his elbow. 

On Tuesday, Wieters began a rehab assignment at Double A Bowie on Tuesday and has played two games so far. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he plans to have Wieters catch every other day when he rejoins the team. 

The 29-year-old Wieters played in only 26 games last season before undergoing surgery but was named to the All-Star team. During his last full season in 2013, he batted .235 with 22 home runs and 79 RBIs.

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Baltimore (22–24) hosts the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday. On June 5, Wieters' planned return date, the Orioles play the Indians in Cleveland. 

- Molly Geary

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