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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Orioles Injury Update: Matt Wieters has 'good chance' to play Opening Day

By on 12/10/2014 06:30:00 AM

The Baltimore Orioles had a very successful 2014 season in which they won 96 games before being swept by the Kansas City Royals in the ALDS. Manager Buck Showalter received AL Manager of the Year honors. Looking to bolster their roster this winter, the Orioles also look to be healthy come spring training. One player who is progressing nicely is veteran catcher Matt Wieters, who continues to recovery from elbow surgery. He has a good shot at beginning the season behind the plate for the Orioles.

I reported back on November 13 that Wieters, who underwent elbow surgery on June 17, was progressing nicely with his rehab and was expected to be ready for the beginning of next season. Nearly a month later, it appears that Wieters remains on track.

Eduardo A. Encina, who covers the Orioles for The Baltimore Sun, tweeted the following on Wieters.
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.

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