Orioles have tentative rehab schedule for Wieters

Orioles have tentative rehab schedule for Wieters

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles have mapped out the tentative rehab schedule for catcher Matt Wieters, who will remain with the team through its season-opening series at Tampa Bay.

"He's gonna be ready for extended spring," manager Buck 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] Frederick," 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, coming back from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, 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 his way back to extended spring games.

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