Wieters gets start at DH after collision

Wieters gets start at DH after collision

Wieters gets start at DH after collision
BALTIMORE -- Matt Wieters started at designated hitter Saturday after being involved in a violent collision at the plate with Sean Rodriguez on Friday.

Given that Wieters caught Thursday and Friday and the Orioles play at 1:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, manager Buck Showalter said Wieters likely would have been Saturday's designated hitter either way. Still, Friday's play was a factor in the decision.

"I was leaning towards DHing him today because of the day game the next game," Showalter said. "But the collision solidified that leaning."

In the fourth inning of Friday's 4-3 win, Elliot Johnson singled off the wall in right, scoring Matt Joyce and prompting Rodriguez to try to score from second. Nick Markakis made the relay to Robert Andino, who fired the ball to Wieters at home.

Andino's throw put Wieters in a great position to block the plate, giving Rodriguez no other choice but to try to go through him. Rodriguez lowered his shoulder and plowed into Wieters while also delivering an elbow to Wieters' jaw, but the catcher held on to record the out.

"He came in hard, but I felt OK," Wieters said after the game. "Everything was fine the whole way. I bit my lip, and that was about the worst of it."

Luis Exposito made his third start of the season in Wieters' place on Saturday.