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Buck Showalter 'not going to go into timeframes' on Matt Wieters' return

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HOUSTON -- Catcher Matt Wieters’ second light throwing session was successful, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. It was much like his first session on Friday, when he made 25 throws from about 75 feet while playing catch with bench coach John Russell.

The Orioles are optimistic that Wieters, who is on the disabled list with right elbow discomfort, can return this season and avoid surgery, but Showalter said, even in the best-case scenario, he wouldn’t expect Wieters to return within the next two weeks.

“I’m not going to go into timeframes right now,” Showalter said. “I would say that’s doubtful, but I’ve learned to never doubt somebody like Matt. … I’ve seen the throwing program they have him on, which is basically the longest-possible [timeframe]. I figure we have about four weeks before we have to come to the basket.

Since Wieters went on the disabled list on May 11, the club saw July 1 as the target date to decide whether he would need surgery or not.

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