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Orioles have target date for Wieters' return

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Orioles have target date for Wieters' return

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.

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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.”

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The most unbelievable catch of the Orioles' dismal season came in the team's final game

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The most unbelievable catch of the Orioles' dismal season came in the team's final game

It's not how you start, it's how you finish, and boy did Orioles right fielder Steve Wilkerson make sure the team went out with a bang against the Boston Red Sox.

Bottom of the eighth, game knotted at four, Jackie Bradley Jr. sent what seemed to be a moonshot to right field...

But what happens next is arguably the best catch of the entire MLB season. 

This catch by Wilkerson is nothing less than spectacular. Not only did he possess the focus to track the ball beyond the wall, but the athleticism to make the catch while almost tumbling over backwards into the crowd. 

This year may have been a huge let down for Baltimore, but here's to a bright spot heading into the offseason. 

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore topples Blue Jays, 11-4

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore topples Blue Jays, 11-4

The Orioles are now five games better than last season's woeful 47-115 record. While they continue to win meaningless games late in the season, their poor season won't go away. 

Player Notes:

Dylan Bundy gave up only two runs in seven innings pitched against the Blue Jays, bringing his season's ERA down to 4.79. 

Also, Trey Mancini went a perfect 5-5 in the Orioles win Tuesday night. He's now batting .373 against Toronto, hitting 25 of his 94 RBI this season against Toronto. Dwight Smith Jr. also impressed with a 3-4 showing, hitting a homer and three RBI of his own. 

Injuries: 

OF Mason Williams, knee, out indefinitely

RP Hunter Harvey, biceps, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Josh Rogers, elbow, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely 

SP Alex Cobb, back, 60-Day IL, 2020

Coming Up: 

Wednesday, Sept. 25: Orioles at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. at Rogers Centre

Thursday, Sept. 26: Orioles at Boston, 7:10 p.m. at Fenway Park

Friday, Sept. 27: Orioles at Boston, 1:05 p.m. at Fenway Park