Wieters takes at-bats at extended spring camp

Showalter eyes Minor League games by May for rehabbing catcher; Paredes (back) plays 7 innings

Wieters takes at-bats at extended spring camp

BALTIMORE -- Matt Wieters took five at-bats as designated hitter, three from the left side, two from the right, in extended spring Tuesday, and threw lightly up to 150 feet.

"You can tell he's feeling pretty good," manager Buck Showalter said of Wieters, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery in June.

Asked if it was possible for Wieters to be playing for a Minor League affiliate on rehab by May 1, Showalter said he wouldn't be surprised.

"I wouldn't be surprised if it was potentially earlier than that," he said. "It's like he and J.J. [Hardy] both, we want to get it right the first time."

Jimmy Paredes (back) played seven innings in extended spring at third base. He's going to play again Wednesday, then come to Baltimore on Thursday to talk with the team and map out a plan for him.

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