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Wieters nearing return after good workout

Pearce takes soft toss, hits off tee; top prospect Harvey throws bullpen session

BALTIMORE -- After missing four games with a strained right hamstring, Matt Wieters could be back in the Orioles' lineup on Tuesday against the Mets.

Wieters ran the bases for the first time on Monday since injuring his hamstring last Tuesday against the Mariners. Manager Buck Showalter said he could use Wieters on Monday if needed, but as long as Wieters feels no repercussions on Tuesday, he could be in the lineup for the series opener against New York.

"As good of day for him as you could hope for," Showalter said of Wieters' workout. "See what tomorrow brings. Ran the bases, ran a double out, said he felt good."

Wieters left last week's game in the third inning after fielding a ground ball in front of the plate, which left Caleb Joseph as the only catcher on the O's roster on Wednesday. Baltimore did recall Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk on Friday, and he collected a career-high four hits on Sunday.

The Orioles did not want to put Wieters on the 15-day disabled list -- especially being in contention for the playoffs -- but said they would flirt with the idea on Monday if Wieters were still hurting.

This and that

Steve Pearce, who was placed on the 15-day DL with a left oblique strain on July 22, took soft toss and hit off the tee on Monday in Sarasota, Fla. He did not do any workouts the last couple of days due to oblique soreness.

Mike Wright, who was placed on the DL with a left calf strain on Aug. 1, threw off a half-mound on Monday. He will throw a side session off a full mound on Wednesday.

Chaz Roe was placed on the DL with right shoulder tendinitis on Aug. 10, but is expected to throw in the bullpen in the middle of the week.

• O's No. 1 prospect Hunter Harvey threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Monday and Showalter said it went well, as Harvey experienced no forearm pain.

• Second-ranked prospect Dylan Bundy will meet with Dr. James Andrews on Aug. 31 to reexamine a large buildup of calcium in his right shoulder.

• Parker Bridwell, the club's No. 20 prospect, had a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection in his right elbow, which Showalter said was structurally fine.

Connor Smolensky is an associate reporter for
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