TORONTO — Orioles catcher Matt Wieters missed Saturday afternoon's game against the Toronto Blue Jays with a left wrist injury he suffered while diving toward the first-base bag attempting to tag Blue Jays shortstop in the sixth inning Friday night in Toronto.
Wieters' absence was peculiar considering his strong numbers against Toronto left-hander David Price. Wieters is 15-for-44, hitting .341 with one homer and four RBIs in his career against Price. It seemed especially odd when didn't pinch hit against Price with two on and one out in the seventh inning, with the Orioles' eighth and ninth batters hitting.
After the Orioles' 5-1 loss Saturday at Rogers Centre, manager Buck Showalter said Wieters wasn't available but he hoped the catcher would be able to start Sunday's series finale against the Blue Jays.
Wieters was optimistic he would be able to play Sunday, and said X-rays on the wrist were negative.
"It feels better now than it did when I woke up in the morning, so that's good," Wieters said. "It's just a matter of resting it today and hopefully we can get it better by tomorrow and test it when we get here tomorrow. I don't see it being anything too long, but I just want to be able to swing a bat and then we can get back in there and get going. … I'm hopeful for tomorrow. If it feels good enough to play, I'll play. If not, a day or two more might be what it needs."
The play that led to the injury was one of the strangest of the season. Tulowitzki hit a grounder up the middle that second baseman Jonathan Schoop backhanded on the left-field side of second base. Schoop's throw sailed over first baseman Chris Davis, but Wieters was backing up the play.
Seeing that Tulowitzki had made the turn toward second base, Wieters sped to the first-base bag to tag Tulowitzki, diving headfirst and reaching his mitt to the far side of the bag. But as Wieters went low, Tulowitzki went high, leaping over Wieters to avoid the tag and landing on the bag in the process.
"I was going to slide to tag where I thought he was going to slide and when he jumped over me, I kind of tried to turn [my body] to tag him," Wieters said. "But my glove was stuck underneath me, so the wrist kind of got of got bent back a bit."
Wieters remained in the game, but said the wrist tightened up on him overnight.
"I really didn't feel it too bad yesterday," Wieters said. "I guess I had a little adrenaline going, but it stiffened up a little bit as I slept through the night."