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Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters "unlikely" to start season with team

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FORT MYERS, Florida — Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, who underwent Tommy John surgery last June, is "unlikely" to begin the season with the team, manager Buck Showalter said.

Wieters played catcher for the first time on Tuesday and reported no ill effects after the game. However on Wednesday, the Orioles shut him down from catching for at least a week.

PHOTO: FILE - In this March 1, 2015, file photo, Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters dons his catching gear before warming up pitcher Zach Britton in the bullpen before an intra-squad spring training baseball game in Sarasota, Fla. Wieters has elbow tendinitis following his return from Tommy John surgery and won't play until at least Sunday, March 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
FILE - In this March 1, 2015, file photo, Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters dons his catching gear before warming up pitcher Zach Britton in the bullpen before an intra-squad spring training baseball game in Sarasota, Fla. Wieters has elbow tendinitis following his return from Tommy John surgery and won't play until at least Sunday, March 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Showalter said that if Wieters is unable to catch the team's opening game on April 6 at Tampa Bay, he would not be on the roster as a designated hitter.

The Baltimore manager said that Wieters' recovery is going well, and this shouldn't be viewed as a setback.

Caleb Joseph is likely to start the season as the Orioles catcher if Wieters is unavailable.

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