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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Orioles place Matt Wieters on DL and activate Chris Davis


By on 5/11/2014 12:45:00 PM

The Baltimore Orioles wrap up a weekend series against the Houston Astros at Camden Yards this afternoon. At 20-14, the Orioles hold a one and a half game lead over the New York Yankees in the American League East. Prior to the game, the Orioles made announcements on first baseman  Chris Davis and catcher Matt Wieters.


MLB.com reported that Chris Davis has been activated from the disabled list, while Matt Wieters was placed on the 15-day DL with a right elbow strain. The injury to Wieters could be serious, as Roch Kubatko, who covers the Orioles on MASNsports.com revealed.
Wieters was selected by the Orioles fifth overall in the 2007 draft.  The two-time All Star and two-time Gold Glove Award winner batted .235 with 22 home runs and 79 RBI last season. In 26 games this season, he is batting .308 with five home runs and 18 RBI. Wieters is a career .257 hitter with 92 home runs and 346 RBI.

Expect Steve Clevenger  to see the majority of the playing time behind the plate in Wieters absence. Clevenger is batting .256 with five RBI this season.  The Orioles will have to add another catcher to their roster to back up Clevenger.

Davis has been dealing with an oblique injury and made a rehab start at Bowie on Saturday, going 1-for-4 with a run scored and two strikeouts. Davis had a career season with 53 home runs and 138 RBI last year and is batting .250 with two home runs and 13 RBI in 74 at bats this season.  The seven-year Major League veteran has a career average of .265 with 132 home runs and 373 RBI. 



 










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