Nearing return, Wieters to catch every other day

Full-time duties far off following Tommy John surgery

Nearing return, Wieters to catch every other day

BALTIMORE -- Matt Wieters was at Camden Yards on Wednesday, a day after making his rehab debut, and said he will continue to catch on an an every-other-day basis for the foreseeable future.

Asked when he might start to progress toward being behind the plate consecutive days, Wieters, who is coming off Tommy John surgery last June and will be activated from the disabled list around June 4, said that will be based off feel.

"And it's going to be a slow process. I've sort of come to terms with that, it's not going to be going back to catching four, five days in a row," he said. "It's how I feel. The every other [day] feels good now and as soon as that little soreness that we have in between is gone, we will start by picking up a ball the day after I catch and go from there. Every other day is better than not playing at all for me right now."

Wieters, who caught the full game for Double-A Bowie Tuesday, will catch on Thursday and Saturday and could move to another affiliate next week before rejoining the O's.

"I'm ready to go," he said. "Yesterday, I was able to get a little bit of a heartbeat going playing under the lights at Bowie. I've been waiting for almost a year now to get back out there."

Brittany Ghiroli is the Orioles beat reporter for MLB.com. She has been covering the team since 2010.

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