SARASOTA, Fla. – Matt Wieters was scheduled to take batting practice for the first time since he left the game a week ago with a sore right elbow.
Manager Buck Showalter wouldn’t speculate on when he thought Wieters, who had Tommy John surgery on the elbow in June 2014 would return.
“I hope he’s moving toward the field in a week,” Showalter said. “Who knows? It could be eight days.”
Showalter didn’t rule out using Wieters as a designated hitter before he is able to catch, but said that he could get him at-bats by playing in minor league games.
Outfielder Xavier Avery is out with a strained right hip. While Avery said that it didn’t think it was serious, Showalter said that he thought Avery would miss some time with it.
Showalter brought in Julio Borbon, who was re-signed last week, from minor league camp, to start Saturday’s game in center field. It was the rare instance of a position player being imported to start a game.
He led off the game in Port Charlotte that was cancelled after two batters.
Borbon played for Norfolk the last two seasons, and Showalter said he was nearly called up in September when Adam Jones was hurt.
“He’s a really good defender. Doesn’t throw particularly well. That’s probably the bugaboo. But he’s a plus-plus defender and a plus-plus runner. He’s the type of guy that, one day when he’s through playing, we’d like him here as a coach. Really a quality human being. We were glad to get him here. I know we’ve been trying to for a while. He might serve a purpose,” Showalter said.
NOTES: Kevin Gausman and Jeff Beliveau will pitch in a minor league game on Monday. Ubaldo Jimenez will work in a minor league game on Tuesday. … Showalter said that he has to have his rotation set eight days from now, Mar. 27.