More pregame notes
*The Orioles have mapped out the tentative rehab schedule for catcher Matt Wieters, who will remain with the team through their season-opening series at Tampa Bay.
“He’s gonna be ready for extended spring,” Showalter said of Wieters, who will not have those games in Sarasota count against him on the rehab clock. Once Wieters gets some work in extended spring games he will head back up to Baltimore and start an official rehab assignment.
“He will work out of our locker room with [Double-A] Bowie and [Class-A] Fredrick,” Showalter said. “I’ve got an idea of what he’s targeted but I’m not going to throw that date out there…[it’s] encouraging. I think he feels good about where it is.”
Wieters will resume throwing on Saturday. He hasn’t been hitting during this recent shutdown and Showalter said he could serve at designated hitter as well once he works back to extended spring games.
*J.P. Arencibia was scratched from Thursday’s Minor League game with a right flexor mass injury. Showalter wasn’t sure how it occurred, he said Arencibia took regular batting practice and was fine when he left for the Major League game in Lakeland.
Arencibia has been catching regularly in Minor League games as the Orioles wanted him to get into the swing of things. He had a slow start defensively in the Grapefruit League and Showalter thinks he was trying too hard to impress his new organization.
“I sat down with him three or four days ago, I said, ‘is there something we can do different?’ Because I know he’s so much better than he’s shown,” Showalter said. “And he has, yesterday I was reading the [Minor League] reports about him coming over here. Pretty effervescent yesterday.”
He’s going to be a guy if he ends up Triple-A, if he does, you are going to like him around the players. It’s not like he’s 40 years old. This guy likes to play. For a guy that’s played four or five years in the big leagues, nothing is beneath him. He and [Ryan] Lavarnway both are very intrigued with what they heard about John Russell and the catching program. First thing they did when they walked in was, can we try that? Some of the footwork that caleb and the other guys are doing. He’s very receptive from Day 1.”