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Pregame notes: Caleb Joseph leaves team for baby, Wieters logging more catching innings, more

SARASOTA, Fla. — Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph was scheduled to play in today's Grapefruit League game against the Boston Red Sox. But Joseph isn't with the team today after taking his wife, Brooke, to a local hospital late Friday night.

The couple is expecting their first baby. The due date was Sunday, so the baby was expected to arrive any day. If it wasn't born by Tuesday, Joseph said the plan was to induce labor that day.

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-- Orioles catcher Matt Wieters will see time behind the plate on back-to-back days next weekend as he continues to log innings at catcher in simulated game action before he's cleared to throw in Grapefruit League games on March 17.

Manager Buck Showalter said the hope is for Wieters to log enough innings behind the plate so that he can catch five to seven innings when he's cleared to play in Grapefruit League games.

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Wieters is slated to catch a minor league exhibition on Saturday against a group of prospects from Puerto Rico on the back field of the Ed Smith Stadium complex at 2 p.m. He is also slated to catch in a B-game on Sunday at 10 a.m. on the back fields.

The Orioles play another minor-league exhibition game on Monday against the Canadian national team in St. Petersburg, Fla.

-- Former Orioles pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez, who was dealt to the Red Sox in the Andrew Miller trade, is slated to pitch today. Rodriguez is scheduled to enter the game in the third inning, following starter Steven Wright.

Rodriguez, who was the Orioles' No. 3 prospect heading into last season, was 3-1 with a 0.96 ERA in six starts with the Red Sox's Double-A team in Portland following the deadline deal.

He was 3-7 with a 4.79 ERA in 16 starts with Double-A Bowie before the deal, missing time with a knee injury.

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