The Orioles still have a July 1 deadline of deciding whether Wieters can play this season or have surgery on his elbow. Showalter said previously that the team would begin getting a better idea after four or five sessions.

"[It's] better," Wieters said. "More distance. We are trying to get to a point where we can really see where we are at. Each day I have thrown, I have gotten more strength and [been] able to do more throws before fatigue will set in."

Wieters will take Wednesday off and throw again Thursday, likely continuing to extend his distance and number of throws. Showalter said the longest distance he will throw in his progression is 120 feet.

Bundy throws again in Florida

Top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy threw four innings in an extended spring training game in Sarasota, Fla., on Tuesday.

Bundy, 21, stayed in the game to get a 13th out to meet his pitch count. he threw 56 pitches, allowing just one hit and striking out six. He induced four groundouts and three flyouts.

Bundy, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery last June, is set to make one more start in extended spring training before he could report to the Orioles' short-season rookie affiliate in Aberdeen.

The IronBirds' season begins June 13 at Hudson Valley. Aberdeen's first game at home is June 20.

Around the horn

The Toronto Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion won the American League Player of the Month award over the Orioles' Nelson Cruz, who hit .339 with 13 homers and 27 RBIs in 30 games in May. … Catcher Caleb Joseph made his third straight start against an opposing left-hander. … Double-A Bowie first baseman Christian Walker and Low-A Delmarva right-hander Hunter Harvey were named the organization's player and pitcher of the month, respectively. … Harvey and four other Delmarva teammates — third baseman Drew Dosch, outfielder Mike Yastrzemski, and right-handed pitchers Sebastian Vader and Jimmy Yacabonis — were named to the South Atlantic League All-Star Game. Harvey will be the starting pitcher for the Northern Division team.

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