BALTIMORE – Matt Wieters will meet the Orioles in Miami, and if things go well, he’ll go on a rehab assignment next week. He’s likely to play every other game during the rehab stint, which could last up to 20 days, but the Orioles are eager to have him back when he’s eligible on June 4.
Wieters had Tommy John surgery last June 17, and rehabbed well enough to where he could catch six innings in Sarasota against Minnesota.
The day after the game, Wieters was shut down, and he’s been rehabbing ever since. The Orioles don’t feel Wieters was hurt by playing that one game.
“If anything it helps us make better decisions,” manager Buck Showalter said. “And know that he was more on the 11-12 month than the nine month that he was hoping, and I think he showed a lot of maturity with it.”
Showalter said that he’s eager to get Wieters out of Florida.
“I think Matt really knows what has to happen for him to be able to contribute here, and I think he used that as a gauge a little bit,” Showalter said. “I look at it as a positive in the long run. It was part of the progression. In hindsight, it was a positive that he was able to make a good decision there and not push it along where he would have really had a setback that would have required some other things.”
Showalter said that Wieters has probably had 200-300 at-bats since the start of spring training, and he’s not concerned about his hitting.
“But, it’s going to be a big jump in level of play and the quality of pitching,” Showalter said.