O's emphasize defense in choosing catchers

With Wieters unlikely for Opening Day, Joseph could be starter

O's emphasize defense in choosing catchers

SARASOTA, Fla. -- With All-Star catcher Matt Wieters unlikely to be ready for Opening Day, the Orioles will have Caleb Joseph as their likely starter. The team will also continue to place defense as the top priority in evaluating who to have as their second backstop to start the season.

The O's internal options are Steve Clevenger, Ryan Lavarnway, J.P. Arencibia and Brian Ward, who is at Minor League camp.

"I think everybody that we're considering has some track record of being able to do some things offensively with the exception of Brian Ward," Showalter said. "There's not a big offensive track record behind him. Lavarnway may have as good if not better numbers than all of them in the Minor Leagues if you really look at them. So I think we've got the potential to get both of that, but the first criteria that they have to satisfy is the defensive part of it."

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