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Matt Wieters soon to start rehab in Bowie, could return to Orioles June 4

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The Orioles are looking to have Matt Wieters back in action soon. He'll begin a rehab assignment with Bowie within a week.

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The Orioles could have Matt Wieters back in action within two weeks. He'll be eligible to come off of the disabled list on June 4. The current plan the O's have for Wieters is to have him begin a rehab assignment for the Bowie Baysox on Tuesday, which would allow him to work his way back over the next week after that.

As to whether that will make for a June 4 return, Wieters himself told O's reporters that it seems "realistic." That said, given that the plan is for him to catch only every other day for Bowie, it still kind of seems like a bit of a stretch that after a week of that he'd be ready for full-go in MLB action. Other than some at-bats in spring training, in which he went completely hitless, Wieters has not seen any professional pitching in about a year.

You have probably noticed that the Orioles could use Wieters back by now. Caleb Joseph has cooled off after a hot start, perhaps because he's been having to catch nearly every game, and the O's seem to have no faith whatsoever in Ryan Lavarnway as a backup, using him only when desperate. With Wieters being in his contract year, he'd probably also like to be back to show the league what he's got.

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