Wieters progressing as he continues throwing program

Catcher could return from DL on May 1, but it will depend on how elbow feels

Wieters progressing as he continues throwing program

ST. PETERSBURG -- Matt Wieters did some throwing in the outfield at Tropicana Field on Wednesday afternoon and said he will continue to move the distance as he progresses. Wieters, on the disabled list with tendinitis, has been throwing every other day for about a week and will stay in Florida to continue his rehab.

"It's a matter of getting throwing functionality back to it," Wieters said of his elbow post Tommy John surgery. "After surgery, it's a matter of sort of having all the muscles and all the tendons getting back to being used to throw functionally."

As for a return, May 1 has been thrown out as a potential date.

"I think it's realistic, but at the same time, we're not really putting any kind of date out there, because it's a matter of how it goes and how it feels," Wieters said. "I think it can turn the corner in the course of a couple of days, or it can take longer. It's a matter of letting it kind of all play out, and whenever I feel like I can contribute to the team and help the team win, then I'll come back."

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