The Orioles are depending on Matt Wieters' successful and productive return to help offset the free agent departure of 2014 major league home run king Nelson Cruz and steady right fielder Nick Markakis.
It was fair of Dan Duquette to assume that the Orioles could replace Nelson Cruz's major-league-leading home run total and Nick Markakis's offensive production if all else went well. It just wasn't fair to assume that all else would go well.
Catcher Matt Wieters is scheduled to resume throwing Saturday, and although his return from Tommy John elbow reconstruction in June remains uncertain, the Orioles have begun mapping out parts of his recovery.
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, speaking for the first time since manager Buck Showalter said he is unlikely to be recovered in time for Opening Day, expressed disappointment in knowing he wasn't going to make the target date he set back when he had surgery in June.
It is less than two weeks until the Orioles open the regular season on April 6 in Tampa Bay, but with 13 Grapefruit League games remaining in spring training, they still have plenty of time to finalize their 25-man Opening Day roster.
One day after catching his first Grapefruit League game of the spring, Matt Wieters will be shut down from playing the position for a week because of elbow tendinitis, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
As Orioles catcher Matt Wieters takes his place behind the plate in a non-controlled game today for the first time since last May 4, he has now overcome the biggest hurdles in his recovery from last season's Tommy John surgery.
Designated hitter Travis Snider had three hits and first baseman Steve Pearch homered for the second straight game, but the Orioles still came up short, suffering a 4-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field.
SARASOTA, Fla. ¿ Orioles catcher Matt Wieters joked that catching six innings in Sunday¿s 10 a.m. ¿B¿ game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Ed Smith Stadium gave him the opportunity to catch the first morning-after-day of his career.
Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman pitched three strong innings on Sunday morning in the Orioles¿ B game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Ed Smith Stadium, a game that ended in a 2-2 tie after seven innings.
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters won't throw from the catching position in today's minor league exhibition game against the Puerto Rico development team today but before the game, Wieters' throws were times during a pregame workout.
In his second spring start, right-hander Miguel Gonzalez allowed two runs over three innings as the Orioles lost, 5-2, to the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday afternoon in front of an announced sellout crowd of 7,403, the team¿s fifth sellout in six home games at Ed Smith Stadium.
The best window of opportunity to keep Gold Glove catcher Matt Wieters and power-hitting first baseman Chris Davis from entering the free agent market in November will close in about four weeks, and there appears to be nothing in the works that would prevent that from happening.
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters said on Tuesday that his focus on coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery has allowed him to block out any thought of what might happen when his current contract with the club expires at the end of this season.
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has done his best to sidestep talk about his uncertain contract situation beyond this season, but he said Monday that his long-term future with the team may depend on the long-term outlook for it.
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.
After Nick Markakis' comments Wednesday to USA Today, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he had a text-message dialogue with Markakis on Thursday indicating that the outfielder's statements were taken out of context.
Every team brings a bunch of catchers to spring training to catch the countless bullpen sessions and audition for roles at the upper levels of the organization, and every manager publicly declares that the major league backup job is wide open. In this case, it shouldn't be.
Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette always has put a premium on defense, so no one should have been surprised when he played a little of it in his first media briefing of spring training.
The Orioles' pending one-year deal with infielder Everth Cabrera is still moving forward, but executive vice president Dan Duquette said Thursday that he wasn't certain that it would be finalized by the end of the week.