Showalter not worried about Wieters' catching strength

Showalter not worried about Wieters' catching strength

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Before Saturday's game with the Red Sox, Orioles manager Buck Showalter provided an update on catcher Matt Wieters, including a schedule of upcoming catching assignments.

Wieters, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery and whose target date for full catching duties remains March 17, will catch in a game on March 14 against Puerto Rico, and a "B" game the following day. Both games will take place on Practice Field 4.

"There won't be any throwing involved, so if they want to run, they can run," said Showalter.

"The 17th is the target date if everything continues where it is," added Showalter. "He had another good day yesterday throwing, so everything is going well."

Showalter isn't concerned about Wieters suffering any physical effects due to lack of game action, as the three-time American League All-Star has placed heavy emphasis on physical conditioning this spring.

"He's been doing a lot more leg work than he normally does," said Showalter. "The legs part of it, being able to catch physically, I don't worry about."

Showalter indicated that once Wieters is cleared to play, the plan is to give him a significant innings load.

"He'll go five to seven [innings] right out of the chute. The legs part of it is already there," said Showalter.

When asked if Wieters had suffered any setbacks since reporting to camp, Showalter painted a positive picture.

"No, every report's been a little better than the one before."

Michael Kolligian is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.