Orioles catcher Matt Wieters still has his right arm in a metal immobilizer following season-ending Tommy John surgery last month. And while he returned to the team for the first time since the surgery on Thursday, Wieters said he expects to be around the team ¿ and have the immobilizer off ¿ when he rejoins the team for good following the Orioles¿ west-coast trip after the All-Star break.
Brian Matusz lasted just 1 1/3 innings Sunday and retired only three of the 13 hitters that he faced, and Evan Longoria hit a two-run, inside-the-park homer in the Orioles' 9-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays before an announced 22,032 at Camden Yards.
The streaking Orioles scored eight runs in the fourth inning Wednesday night to coast to a 9-2 win over the Royals. ... Craig Tatum will be promoted to start behind the plate in Thursday afternoon's series finale against the Royals. ... Former Ravens kicker Matt Stover will announce his retirement from the NFL on Thursday. ... Maryland's seniors are in a class of their own.
The Orioles on Tuesday revealed Buck Showalter's 25-man roster for Opening Day. The team cut promising lefty prospect Zach Britton, backup catcher Craig Tatum and utility infielder Brendan Harris. Earlier in the week, outfielder Nolan Reimold was sent to to Triple-A Norfolk, too.