BALTIMORE –- Matt Wieters caught nine innings in an extended spring training game, and Buck Showalter is now making plans for his return.
Wieters, who had Tommy John surgery last June 17, was placed on the 60-day disabled list on Sunday, and he’s eligible to return on June 4.
“He should join us then if everything goes well, if we don’t have any setbacks. It may be an every other day scenario,” manager Buck Showalter said.
Wieters was set to catch eight innings on Tuesday and play a full nine innings on Thursday and Saturday. The game moved along so quickly today that Showalter said that the decision was made to play nine.
He’s obviously eager to get Wieters, who played one Grapefruit League game on March 17, back even if he alternates with Caleb Joseph.
“We may do an every other day thing. We’ll see how it goes. Today was a good step for him. It may not be the fourth. It may be after that. We know legally it can’t be before the fourth,” Showalter said.
“Let me get to the fourth first. That’s what I’m OK with. Having Matt every other day is better than not having him at all, and I think that will progress from there.”