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July 15, 2010

Wieters to DL; Bell likely for promotion

The Orioles will place catcher Matt Wieters on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Wieters hasn't played since July 9.

He'll be able to eligible to return from the DL on July 25.

The Orioles haven't announced a corresponding move but it's expected that they'll start Craig Tatum at catcher, use Jake Fox as his primary backup and then call up a position player. Third baseman Josh Bell is one of the top candidates.

Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 4:19 PM | | Comments (9)


So can we assume given his eligible to return date that it's retroactive to July 10? And do you know if the team expects this to be a minor thing and for him to come back on the 25th? If they're sticking with Fox as the backup, it sounds like they're probably expecting it to be short-term; I have to assume that if it were a prolonged absence, they'd bring in an actual catcher to be the backup.

Jeff Z's reply: Yes, at this point, they feel he'll be ready by July 25 or very close to it.

I guess eight strikeouts and zero walks in 15 big league at bats after 75 strikeouts and just 18 walks in 286 AAA at bats wasn't enough to show Andy that Bell isn't anywhere close to ready.

Somewhere, Jeff Salazar and Joel Guzman are very pissed off.

I am not too concerned about this. I think Trembley was running Wieters pretty hard, and, Samuel acknowledged this and started giving him more frequent days off. As a result I think Wieters' bat started looking sharper. It's a shame because Wieters was starting to turn it around, and you thought he was primed for a hot streak. All that being said, this might be a blessing in disguise in being able to force him to get some extra rest.

During the past 15 games he's appeared in, Wieters had reached base via hit or walk. Yep, he's warming up.

When he returns the roster might look completely different. Including the manager and coaching staff.

I agree with not brooks
Bell is a bust and should be released
300 ab's is more than enough for this joker


Come on. You know nb wasn't saying he should be released. He was saying that he needs more time to develop at AAA, which he does. What good is it to bring him up and sit him on the bench when he needs reps? It's called "development" for a reason.

I don't know how you got it in your mind that nb is on par with wayne and jason. He's actually a reasonable guy.

Salazar & Guzman should be given shot but, with Pie,Kakes,Jones and on D.L Scott and Riemold what chance do they have to stay on club in future? Bell is being called up to get major league experince and getting his feat wet. Either way as soon as Wieters gets back Wiggy or Tejada is going to be traded.

I agree with smitty.

Any and all criticism should be looked at as pure, unabashed pessimism.

Far be it from anyone to question the organization on the promotion of a player who clearly needs more time to figure things out in the minors.

Calm down with the negative comments about Bell, what determines if a player is ready for the big leagues? All of u thought wieters was ready but he is hitting below .250 relax we need Bell did get big league experience right now this is a list season !

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