Wieters progressing, no official timetable for return

Wieters progressing, no official timetable for return

BALTIMORE -- There is still no timetable for Matt Wieters to return to the lineup, but the catcher is progressing well as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.

Bench coach John Russell, who took over pregame duties so manager Buck Showalter could attend his father-in-law's memorial service in Nashville, Tenn., spoke about Wieters' progress before Saturday's 5-4 win over the Red Sox.

Wieters will catch 4-5 innings in extended spring on Monday.

"I think the next step for Matt is to be able to continue on and each day feel the same way and each day make sure he feels like he's 100 percent ready to go. He's getting past a lot of the mental blocks," said Russell, who watches Wieters on tape. "Will it be three weeks, will it be four weeks? It's up to Matt and how he continues to progress and if we don't have any setbacks. And knock on wood, so far so good."

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