Catcher Caleb Joseph and infielder Ryan Flaherty, everyday players due to injuries at their positions in the first half, will spend the All-Star break recharging and adjusting to roles that might see their playing time reduced in the second half.
After enduring what manager Buck Showalter said is a typical downswing players experience after returning from injury, catcher Matt Wieters showed what his bat, at it¿s best, can do for the Orioles lineup Friday.
Since returning from the disabled list, Orioles catcher Matt Wieters always looked at this week¿s series against the Minnesota Twins as his first opportunity to catch on back-to-back days for the first time after returning from Tommy John surgery. The timing was right, as it allowed Wieters to catch consecutive night games, then have two days off to recover.
Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. said Tuesday on a conference call that despite a rash of early-season injuries, the 2015 edition of the Orioles are ¿positioned pretty well¿ for the rest of the season with the core of its team now healthy.
The returns of shortstop J.J. Hardy and catcher Matt Wieters have helped the Baltimore Orioles overcome a rough start in the field and at the plate, allowing the club streak back to the top of the American League East.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter has been climbing the milestone ladder pretty consistently this year. Following Thursday's loss in Philadelphia, Showalter is still just two wins away from tying Hall of Famer Cap Anson for 32nd all time with 1,295. With the firing of San Diego's Bud Black on Monday, Showalter is now fifth among active managers for longest tenure with their current club.
After Matt Wieters hit his first homer in more than a year in Sunday's 7-3 Orioles win against the Indians, he rounded the bases and headed to the dugout. But instead of his teammates waiting to great him with high-fives, they acted as if nothing happened.
Friday night's game in Cleveland was the closest the Orioles lineup has come all season to being at full strength. Catcher Matt Wieters returned from Tommy John surgery and shortstop J.J. Hardy was starting after four days of resting an injury to his left side.
Manager Buck Showalter said Adam Jones "feels better" and has less swelling in his sprained left ankle, and while he doesn't believe a trip to the disabled list is required at this point, the club is being cautious with its star center fielder.
Wieters, the Orioles' All-Star catcher, singled twice in four at-bats, and threw out a potential base-stealer in Bowie's 4-2 win over the Erie SeaWolves before an announced 1,871 fans at Bowie's Prince George's Stadium.
Wieters, who is starting his final step in returning from Tommy John surgery last June, will likely catch every other day at Bowie and will also have the option of starting at designated hitter on days when he doesn¿t catch, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
Chris Tillman's rain-shortened start might have been good for his health. The Orioles will have to figure out how to handle Jimmy Paredes when Matt Wieters comes back. And Houston's Dallas Keuchel will be a tough matchup for Orioles on Memorial Day.
Several injured Orioles will be traveling to South Florida with the team for the Memorial Day series against the Miami Marlins this week, but none need that change of scenery more than catcher Matt Wieters, manager Buck Showalter said.
Buck Showalter said he expects All-Star and Gold Glove catcher Matt Wieters back when he¿s eligible to return from the 60-day disabled list on June 4. Infielder Ryan Flaherty has been placed on the DL with a groin strain, and pitcher Kevin Gausman's MRI came back clean.
The Orioles on Sunday claimed right-hander reliever Jorge Rondon off waivers from the Colorado Rockies and transferred catcher Matt Wieters to the 60-day disabled list to create 40-man roster space for him. Rondon will be assigned to Triple-A Norfolk.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter had lots of injury updates today during his pregame press conference, including news that catcher Matt Wieters (right elbow) will act as a designated hitter in an extended spring game in Florida on Tuesday.
Matt Wieters has resumed throwing and is now testing his surgically repaired right elbow, but the Orioles catcher wouldn't say whether he believes he could return from the 15-day disabled list by the beginning of next month.