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Wieters Reinstated From 60-Day DL
Friday, June 5
Wieters has been reinstated from the 60-day disabled list, the Orioles announced.
On Friday, May 29, manager Buck Showalter told reporters that "Wieters could be an option as a DH at times. And that Os could keep 3 catchers," according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. Connolly also noted that Wieters won't catch on consecutive days for a while.
Wieters appeared in only 26 games for the Orioles last season, hitting .308 with five home runs and 18 RBI. Despite injuries to him and star third baseman Manny Machado, the Orioles still managed to win the AL East. With both players presumably healthy and ready to be back in action this season, it's scary to imagine just how good the Orioles might be.
Wieters, 28, will certainly be expected to have a big year. Before last year's injury, the catcher had three straight seasons with at least 20 home runs and two years with 75 or more RBI. He'll be hoping to build upon those numbers and help the Orioles reach the postseason once again.