Orioles catcher Matt Wieters took swings off a pitching machine Friday for the first time since his abrupt exit from Saturday’s Grapefruit League game after just one inning upon feeling stiffness in his surgically repaired right elbow.
It marked the first time that Wieters attempted any sort of hitting activity since leaving Saturday’s game. He began participating in catcher’s blocking drills earlier this week, but he has yet to resume throwing and a timetable for his return to games is unclear.
Wieters left Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Twins after making a high throw to second base on a steal attempt in the first inning.
An initial MRI read by Ravens team doctor Leigh Ann Curl revealed no structural damage, and renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews, who performed the Tommy John procedure on Wieters’ elbow in 2014, agreed that all was structurally sound.
Other injury-related notes from Steinbrenner Field in Tampa:
* Outfielder Xavier Avery was unavailable Friday after complaining of hip flexor tightness before the game. “He felt it last night and at the end of the game, he didn’t think much of it,” manager Buck Showalter said. “It bothered him a little bit more tonight. He’s here but unavailable.”
* Left-hander Jeff Beliveau, who hasn’t pitched yet this spring as he recovers from surgery to repair a torn labrum last year, is scheduled to see his first game action Monday in a minor league game. Beliveau, who is set to pitch one relief inning at the Orioles’ minor league complex at Twin Lakes Park, is signed to a minor league deal and the club hopes he joins the Triple-A Norfolk bullpen by May.
Country-music duo LoCash performed inside the Orioles clubhouse as part of the club’s annual spring training talent show Friday. The group, which includes Baltimore native Chris Lucas, stopped by while on the way to play a concert in Fort Myers.