Catcher Taylor Teagarden (back) was improving while in Sarasota, but has now informed the team that he would like to get a second opinion from a back specialist in Dallas, Showalter said. Teagarden has not been able to participate in baseball activities since early March.
Wieters slumping, not worried
Catcher Matt Wieters, who turned 26 on Monday, entered the night in a 0-for-18 slump and just 4-for-40 in his last 10 games. This from a guy who batted .342 in a previous nine-game hitting streak.
Wieters said he's not fatigued from catching extra-inning games or sore from a home-plate collision on May 11.
"I'm just seeing the ball differently. You go through hot streaks and cold streaks throughout the year, and you just have to keep working to feel good again," he said. "That's the frustrating part about baseball and the great part. You're just not going to go through a whole year and cruise through it."
Showalter said he's made a point of trying to get Wieters some rest early. It's just a matter of time before he hits again, Showalter said.
"I talk to him every day, and he's a big part of our club and we'll continue to protect him. I don't ever take for granted what he does," Showalter said. "When catchers can be an offensive contributor, it's hard to do. And Matt was doing it at a high clip early on and will again."
Around the horn
Showalter has not revealed what the Orioles rotation will be after Thursday's off day. It's possible Jason Hammel (right knee soreness) or Wei-Yin Chen could get an extra day's rest. … Former Orioles infield prospect Josh Bell, whom the Orioles dealt to Arizona in April, was recalled from the minors by the Diamondbacks on Monday. He batted .381 with four homers and 30 RBIs in 26 games at Triple-A Reno. … The Orioles had lost their previous three Monday games this season at Camden Yards. … Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg's homer against Chen on Sunday was the first time an opposing pitcher homered against the Orioles since Boston's Sonny Seibert did it twice against Pat Dobson on Sept. 2, 1971.
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