This just in: Wieters arrives Friday!
Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail dropped a surprise on Orioles fans during the MASN broadcast a few minutes ago, announcing that top prospect Matt Wieters will be recalled and make his major league debut on Friday against the Detroit Tigers at Camden Yards.
"It's time,'' MacPhail said. "He's ready."
The decision comes as a bit of a shock, since Orioles officials have been saying privately for some time that Wieters would come up either next Monday in Seattle or on June 9 in Baltimore.
Wieters will move into the starting lineup and displace one of the veteran catchers from the 25-man roster. It has long been assumed that Chad Moeller would be the one to hit the waiver wire when the time came to promote Wieters, but it is possible that Moeller's stock has risen in the wake of Rich Hill's two solid starts with him behind the plate.