Wieters to test elbow Friday

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters will try to play light catch on Friday, testing his right elbow for the first time since he was shut down from throwing by Dr. James Andrews three weeks ago.

Wieters, who is currently on the disabled list, last played in a game on May 10. He has not caught a game since May 4 with the initial hope being that he could just serve at designated hitter. Since his elbow didn’t respond as hoped serving at DH, he was placed on the DL and has rested and gotten a platelet-rich plasma injection in the area to help spur healing.

Without Wieters, the Orioles traded for catcher Nick Hundley on Saturday and currently have Caleb Joseph as their backup, optioning Steve Clevenger on Tuesday.


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The Orioles rotation is not up to the task. When Tillman does not win, you can’t count on the other four to pick up the slack. Who is keeping Kevin Gausman from cracking the rotation. I have heard, whether it is true or not that the Orioles are interested in Samardzija. Personally i would make the move. Prospects may make it or not. Why not make the move? As constituted, the Orioles are not going to win this division anyway. Only saving grace is that they play in a mediocre division. Chen, Gonzalez and Norris are replaceable. Dave Wallace does not have a magic wand. These guys are what they are. Jiminez was a gamble, why not go for it and get Samardzija. Orioles can’t score five to six runs a nite. Just some thoughts.

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