BALTIMORE—Matt Wieters knows about the dangers of catching. He can identify with Caleb Joseph, who went on the disabled list with a testicular injury on Tuesday.
“I didn’t really know the severity of it at the time. It happens so often to catchers, you don’t really assume that it’s as severe as it was. He’s a tough kid who’s been through a lot of grinding in the minor leagues, so it takes a lot to be able to get him out of the game. I wasn’t surprised at all that he stayed in. But I definitely wish it wasn’t as bad as it was. Hopefully, everything will be fine once the soreness goes away and he’ll be back,” Wieters said.
“I think every man can probably sympathized with Caleb a little bit. I’m sure he’s pretty sore today, but talking to him this morning, everything went as well as it could have last night. So, to be able to kind of rest a little bit and then get him back here at full strength will be good.”
With Joseph out, Wieters will have his 11th backup since he got to Baltimore in 2009. Francisco Pena was recalled from Norfolk to serve as Wieters’ understudy while Joseph heals.
Pena, who played briefly with Kansas City in 2014 and 2015, is the son of New York Yankees coach Tony Pena. He was with the Orioles during spring training. He was batting .200 with six RBIs at Norfolk.
He understands the dangers of being behind the plate.
“You can’t control that. It’s luck right there. Obviously, you’re wearing a cup, but it’s a matter of luck. You’re concerned, but you’re never thinking about it. You’ve got to be ready to block every pitch. You’ve got to be ready to catch. You can’t be thinking about it.” Pena said.
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