BALTIMORE — Matt Wieters had an MRI on his left wrist on Thursday. There was nothing out of the ordinary found, but he’s out of Friday night’s lineup.
“I’m not going to get into handicapping what he can do and what he can’t do as well. But there are some phases I think he’ll be more challenged with the wrist than other ones,” manager Buck Showalter said.
Wieters missed three games with the wrist. He played on Tuesday in New York, but did not play on Wednesday. Showalter said that playing on Tuesday did not aggravate it.
He’s caught consecutive games twice this season. The last time was on Sept. 1-2 just before he hurt the wrist. Showalter would like to play him as often as he can, but isn’t sure Wieters will be able to do that.
“I don’t know. We’ll take him any way we can get him. We knew coming in that you probably wouldn’t get the complete thing until next year. But it’s been pretty good. He’s made some contributions,” Showalter said.
“If anybody would push it, if he and the medical people think it works, we’ll do it. It’s his call…Matt comes to [bench coach] John and I and says, ‘Hey, I think I’m ready to go back-to-back and we do it. If it doesn’t … I’m always looking for ways, whether it be at first base, DH, catch, we try to make use of him.
“I think he’s only going to get better and better, even as this season goes on, and next year. I think Matt’s established and proved to everyone what he’s capable of doing when healthy.”
NOTES: The Royals have switched starting pitchers for Saturday and Sunday. Yordano Ventura, who originally was going to start Sunday will start Saturday and Johnny Cueto moves from Saturday to Sunday. … Showalter said the Orioles would add additional players when Norfolk and Bowie complete their postseasons, but wouldn’t say how many.
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