Matt Wieters close to returning to the Orioles
Matt Wieters long road to recovery is about to end. The Baltimore Orioles All-Star catcher will be returning to club on June 4th, after a long, 11-month rehab coming back from Tommy John surgery. With a career stats line of .257/.320/.423 with 92 home runs and 346 RBI, Wieters, who just turn 29 a week ago, will bring a much needed boost to the Baltimore lineup.
Caleb Joseph has filled in nicely to start the 2015 season, batting .274 with 4 home runs and 18 RBI, he will continue to platoon the catcher position with Wieters when he returns. I would expect Wieters to see his fair share of time at DH as he returns to the big league club.
American League East
N.Y. Yankees 24-22 .522
Tampa Bay 24-23 .511
Baltimore 20-23 .465
Toronto 22-26 .458
Boston 21-25 .457
Currently, the Orioles sit at 20-23, third in the AL East only 2.5 games behind the leading New York Yankees. Most MLB experts picked the Orioles to repeat at AL East champs in 2015, due to the bevvy of talent on the roster and one of the best managers in the game Buck Showalter. With Wieters back healthy, look for the Orioles to make a push for first place in the division as summer baseball quickly approaches.
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