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Matt Wieters to catch Bud Norris Tuesday in Norfolk, could be activated Thursday

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters cools off in between innings during a Bowie Baysox game, his first rehab appearance after elbow surgery.
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters cools off in between innings during a Bowie Baysox game, his first rehab appearance after elbow surgery. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun)

Catcher Matt Wieters might end his yearlong comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery last June a day earlier than planned.

Wieters, who until last week was rehabilitating at the team's facility in Sarasota, Fla., caught three games for the Double-A Bowie Baysox since Tuesday, and was scheduled to catch twice more — Monday for Class-A Frederick and Wednesday for Triple-A Norfolk — before being activated Friday.

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But with right-hander Bud Norris (bronchitis) making a rehab start with Norfolk on Tuesday, the team and Wieters decided he should catch that game instead, and possibly be activated on Thursday.

"He'll catch in Norfolk, and if that goes well, he'll join us and either DH on the [June 4 game] or catch on [June 5], so the fourth or fifth will be his first game," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "He's eligible the fourth. ... There's a lot of reasons, and also it kind of worked out with Bud, too.

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"I think that will be good. He's ready to go, at-bats and everything. He needs all the time, but [I'm] looking forward to getting him on the fourth if everything goes well Tuesday. Or the fifth."

Though Wieters is eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list on Thursday, a Friday return would have kept him on the schedule of catching every other day that he has established during his rehab assignments and plans to continue with the Orioles.

Wieters last played Saturday for Double-A Bowie, and had two hits in 11 at-bats over three games for the Baysox.

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