BALTIMORE –- Matt Wieters just finished a workout early Wednesday afternoon. He looked happy and hoped his long rehab from Tommy John surgery was nearing an end.
Wieters was 2-for-4 at Bowie on Tuesday night. He caught all nine innings and threw out a runner.
“Good, felt good, thought yesterday went well. I felt good when I woke up this morning. Hopefully, keep feeling like we did yesterday, and we should be good to go,” Wieters said.
Two months ago, there was a false start when Wieters caught six innings of a Grapefruit League game on March 17. He was shut down the next day.
“I’m ready to go. Yesterday I was able to get a little bit of a heartbeat going playing under the lights again at Bowie. I’ve been waiting for almost a year now to get back out there,” Wieters said.
He’s scheduled to spend Thursday and Saturday at Bowie, and could play for both Frederick and Norfolk next week. He’s eligible to be activated on June 4.
“It kind of depends on how the matchups go. I think somewhere around there is a good bet,” Wieters said.
There’s still the possibility that Wieters could get some opportunities at designated hitter as he catches on alternate days.
“We’ll see how I see the ball tomorrow. I actually saw the ball real well yesterday and it’s kind of more of if I feel like I need more swings and more timing. But I feel like I got a lot of at-bats down in Florida where I feel like the timing’s pretty good. I saw the ball well last night at Bowie. So if we see it like we did last night Thursday, we’ll probably just keep the catching thing going,” Wieters said.
“It’s going to be a slow process. I’ve sort of come to terms with that, it’s not going to be going back to catching four, five days in a row. It’s all about feel. The every other day thing feels good now and as soon as that little bit of soreness that we have in between is gone, we’ll start by picking up a ball the day after I catch and go from there. Every other day is better than not playing at all for me right now.”
NOTES: Tyler Wilson will be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to start the first game of Thursday’s doubleheader. Mike Wright pitches the second game. Wilson will be returned to the Tides after the doubleheader. Chris Sale starts the first game for Chicago, and rookie Chris Beck makes his major league debut in the second game.
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