Orioles catcher Matt Wieters may not be healthy in time for the start of the 2015 season, according to manager Buck Showalter.
Speaking during the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore's annual meeting, Showalter told CSNBaltimore.com that Wieters projects as being ready "very close" to the start of the season, but not quite by Opening Day. He also addressed the status of third baseman Manny Machado, whom he thinks should be ready for the 2015 campaign.
"With both of these guys, it will be when and not if," Showalter told CSNBaltimore.com. "I think if you held a gun up to my head, I think Manny makes the start of the year, and I think Matt is very close thereafter, but we won't put either one of these guys on the field until it's time to go, and try to keep the finish line in mind."
Wieters, who will be a free agent after next season, hit .308 in 26 games in 2014 before undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery in June. In six seasons with Baltimore, Wieters has compiled a .257 average and 92 homers.
Machado had right-knee surgery last August after hitting .278 with 12 homers in 82 games..
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