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O's pleased by Wieters' progress behind plate

Catcher shows off arm in intrasquad game, should be ready to start season
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SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Sunday that Matt Wieters, who caught in an intrasquad game, is planning on being ready for Opening Day.

Wieters caught Brian Matusz, Darren O'Day, Todd Redmond, Zach Britton and Chris Lee on Sunday, and his arm got progressively better. Bench coach John Russell said Wieters -- who had some elbow soreness earlier in spring -- threw out two runners trying to steal third. Wieters also threw to second base four times.

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Sunday that Matt Wieters, who caught in an intrasquad game, is planning on being ready for Opening Day.

Wieters caught Brian Matusz, Darren O'Day, Todd Redmond, Zach Britton and Chris Lee on Sunday, and his arm got progressively better. Bench coach John Russell said Wieters -- who had some elbow soreness earlier in spring -- threw out two runners trying to steal third. Wieters also threw to second base four times.

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Showalter said he's confident Wieters will be ready to start the season, and the team will wait to see how he feels on Monday before deciding the next step.

Matusz, who has been dealing with a low back injury, will pitch again on Tuesday.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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