Wieters will begin the season on the disabled list, participating in extended Spring Training in Bowie and Frederick. Baltimore is playing it safe with their franchise catcher in order to prevent a relapse in the rehab process. (Source: Rich Dubroff on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Caleb Joseph will assume the role of everyday catcher as Wieters rehabs in the minors on the disabled list. Joseph did an excellent job filling in last season but his offensive numbers aren't exactly up to par with Wieters. Orioles pitchers certainly benefitted from Joseph calling games as Baltimore pitchers posted an impressive 3.00 ERA with him behind the dish (Baseball Reference). Owners of Wieters might look into the backup in case of a delay in his rehab process.
Category: Injury Updates
Matt Wieters has tendinitis in his surgically repaird right elbow and will not sit behind the plate for a week. (Source: MLB.com)
Fantasy Impact: After going through successful Tommy John surgery nine months ago, Wieters caught six innings in his first start this spring. It doesn't sound like this is much of a surprise as manager Buck Showalter said "It was something we were all kind of expecting at some point". He could return to the lineup as a DH on Sunday and catching opening day is still a possibility as well.
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Matt Wieters played six innings at Catcher for the first time since his Tommy John surgery today in the Orioles' 10-9 loss to the Twins. (Source: MLB)
Fantasy Impact: Wieters catching in a spring training game is a very good sign of what is to come. He is expected to start the season as catcher, and this proves that his recovery is going well.
Category: , Game Recaps
In the Orioles' 5-2 loss to the Blue Jays, Matt Wieters went 0-3 in ABs. This makes him hitless for 20 at bats this spring. (Source: Baltimore Sun)
Fantasy Impact: Wieters already may not be able to start the season at Catcher due to his Tommy John surgery. With his hitless spring, it raises concern on how well he will be able to perform at DH if he is not able to be behind the plate.
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According to Scott Boras, Matt Wieters should be ready for Opening Day after coming off of Tommy John surgery. (Source: NBC Sports)
Fantasy Impact: This helps take away some worry from fantasy owners who thought he may not be ready by Opening Day. Wieters played very well last year, hitting to an .839 OPS, even making the All Star game after only playing 26 games.