Fox or Tatum?
The Orioles are expected to make another roster move on Sunday, when catcher Matt Wieters is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list.
Wieters (right hamstring strain) was out running the bases prior to Thursday’s game -at what he estimated to be about 80-90 percent – and barring any unforeseen setbacks he will return to the O’s lineup for Sunday’s finale.
“[Catching] definitely is going to wear the legs a little bit,” Wieters said. “But I don’t think it will be much of a factor as getting stretched out, the tired factor seeing I haven’t been doing it. So hopefully I’ve been able to get enough conditioning in the last 15 days to keep it going. “
The corresponding roster move for Wieters will come down to either Craig Tatum or Jake Fox, and could be a decision based on who has options (Tatum) versus who could potentially be lost on waivers (Fox).
Interim manager Juan Samuel said he didn’t think the team could afford to carry three catchers with the current roster being what it is, and there’s always a possibility the Orioles could make a trade or a player could land on the DL in the next few days. While Tatum has excelled as Wieters’ primary backup, the Orioles would almost certainly lose Fox by exposing him to the waiver wire given that he can play multiple positions and has been effective–hitting three homers and five RBIs – in his first 14 games with Baltimore.