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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2012
- In need of organizational catching depth, the Orioles claimed catcher Luis Exposito off waivers from the Red Sox, the club announced Tuesday. To make room for Exposito on the club's 40-man roster, the Orioles have designated third baseman Josh Bell for assignment. The Orioles signed Taylor Teagarden in the offseason to be Matt Wieters' backup but he is on the disabled list with back problems. That allowed non-roster invitee Ronny Paulino , who was likely to begin the season at Triple-A, to make the Orioles' 25-man roster out of camp.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
CHICAGO -- Orioles minor league catcher Alex Murphy suffered an injury to his left shoulder over the weekend that likely will end his season at short-season Single-A Aberdeen. Murphy, a Calvert Hall graduate, has been diagnosed with a left shoulder subluxation. He suffered the injury to his non-throwing shoulder while diving into second base on a pickoff play Friday. He left that game and hasn't played since. An MRI was performed on the shoulder this week, and player development director Brian Graham said it showed “some minor changes.” The MRI is still being evaluated by team doctors, Graham said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2013
ST. PETERSBUG, Fla. -- The Orioles optioned catcher Chris Snyder to Triple-A Norfolk, the club announced on Friday. Because of his major league service time, Snyder can either accept the assignment or choose to become a free agent. Snyder was designated for assignment Tuesday so the team could activate catcher Taylor Teagarden from the disabled list. He cleared waivers before being optioned to Norfolk. The Orioles would like to keep Snyder because he gives them a valuable veteran backstop to be third on the organization's depth chart behind Matt Wieters and Teagarden.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2014
Frustrated by toiling in the minor leagues for six years and questioning whether he'd ever get the opportunity to make it to the majors, Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph considered retiring this offseason when he went unprotected by the O's and went unselected in December's Rule 5 Draft. But now Joseph, a 28-year-old rookie, has homered his way into franchise history, becoming the first Orioles catcher and the first rookie to hit a home run in five straight games after his two-run homer in the second-inning of Saturday's 10-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2013
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, who agreed to terms Friday on a one-year deal in his first year of arbitration eligibility, said he is looking forward to going into the spring without his contract status looming over his head. The sides agreed to a one-year deal worth $5.5 million for 2013, avoiding the arbitration process. The deadline to file arbitration figures was Friday at 1 p.m. “It's a good feeling,” Wieters said Friday night at the premiere of 'The BUCKLe Up Birds: An Underdog Story,' a movie about the team's 2012 season.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2013
Orioles reserve catcher Taylor Teagarden woke up with back pain on Friday and has been shut down for at least a day or two. Teagarden missed a big chunk of last season after suffering a more serious back injury in spring training, but he said Friday's discomfort is not comparable to the problem that delayed his arrival in Baltimore last year until midseason. “[It was] real stiff, pretty achy this morning, a little more than normal," Teagarden said “Just want to be a little cautious, you know.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2012
The Orioles' 16-9 start has obviously been caused by tremendous pitching - and specifically starting pitching. Orioles starters have thrown nine quality starts in their past 10 outings - and have a 1.65 ERA in that time. In the three-game series against the Yankees in New York - in which the Orioles won two of three for the first time since 2010 - the bullpen threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings. But what might be getting a little bit lost so far this year is just how good catcher Matt Wieters has been.
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By Dan Connolly | December 1, 2011
Dan Duquette made his first trade as executive vice president of the Orioles on Thursday, filling the club's vacant reserve catcher spot by adding defensive-minded backstop Taylor Teagarden from a familiar partner, the Texas Rangers' organization. The Orioles acquired Teagarden, who spent most of last year at Triple-A Round Rock, for 21-year-old minor league right-hander Randy Henry and another minor leaguer. That player likely won't be announced until after next week's Rule 5 draft.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2014
Before last night's game against the Detroit Tigers, Orioles manager Buck Showalter was asked about what it would take for Steve Clevenger to prove himself in his new role. With Matt Wieters on the disabled list to rest his injured elbow, Clevenger will get the opportunity to show what he can do as the team's primary catcher. The Mount St. Joseph graduate saw some time as the Chicago Cubs' starter in 2012, but he is set to have his biggest test to date since joining the Orioles.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2014
The Orioles placed catcher Matt Wieters on the 15-day disabled list Sunday for just the second time in his career. This time, it was for a strained right elbow that has bothered him for several weeks and limited him to designated hitter for the past week. Here's what Wieters said after Sunday's game about going on the DL, possibly returning when he is eligible May 26 and the frustration of not playing. Why did you decide to go on the disabled list? Ultimately, it was what's going to get me back catching as quick as possible.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
TORONTO -- Caleb Joseph's new upright stance and growing confidence have done wonders for the Orioles rookie catcher, transforming untapped potential into unexpected power. While Joseph might have never received the opportunity to be a starter in a major league pennant race had Matt Wieters not needed season-ending elbow surgery - or had Joseph not worked tirelessly in the minors to improve behind the plate - he has given the Orioles a tremendous boost with his bat in his past four starts.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2014
TORONTO - Catcher Caleb Joseph has raised his batting average 39 points over his last 10 games. And he also has given the club an unexpected power surge recently with a home run in each of his last three games. After hitting a solo home run in the Orioles' 9-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night, Joseph said he made some recent adjustments at the plate that have helped him square up on pitches. “I've just been working on some mechanical things, and they're slowly starting to show their head in terms of results,” Joseph said.
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By Alejandro Zuniga, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2014
The Orioles have reached the All-Star break, and Caleb Joseph can't believe he's still on the team. Joseph, who made his major league debut May 7, has emerged as the regular catcher in the lineup since Matt Wieters went on the disabled list in early May. Since the Orioles traded for Nick Hundley on May 24, Joseph has played in 11 more games than the seven-year veteran. "It's pretty fast-moving," Joseph said. "Before you know it, you're in the big leagues, and then it's the All-Star break, and you're still in the big leagues.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2014
Looks like the Orioles will make another move today. The agent for catcher Steve Clevenger tweeted this morning that his client was headed back to Baltimore to join the Orioles. Clevenger has been raking at Triple-A, hitting .328 in 36 games, so in one sense this isn't a surprise. However, Clevenger played in one of the Tides' games in Friday's doubleheader and Norfolk has a doubleheader again today. So losing a catcher can't be ideal for the Tides. Plus, the Orioles only have two more games remaining before the All-Star break.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2014
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters still has his right arm in a metal splint after season-ending Tommy John surgery last month. And while he returned to the team for the first time Thursday since surgery, Wieters said he expects to be around the team, and have the splint off, when he rejoins the team for good after the Orioles' West Coast trip following the All-Star break. Before Friday's game, Wieters talked about being back with his teammates, making the All-Star Game and his rehabilitation.
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he is glad that he didn't make a bigger fuss over what he thought was a bad call in the club's 6-4 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday at Camden Yards. Home plate umpire Toby Basner ruled that Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph interfered with the Rangers' Elvis Andrus during an attempted hit-and-run in the third inning, awarding Andrus first base and advancing Shin-Soo Choo into scoring position. Basner saw Joseph's glove affect Andrus' haphazard swing as he tried to make contact with a high-and-inside pitch.
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The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2013
Earl Williams, a catcher who played for the Orioles in 1973 and 1974, died earlier this week at his home in Somerset, N.J., according to multiple reports. Williams, who was the 1971 National League Rookie of the Year while with the Atlanta Braves, was 64 and had been diagnosed with leukemia, according to the Newark Star-Ledger . He was traded from Atlanta to the Orioles as part of a deal for Pat Dobson, Roric Harrison, Davey Johnson and Johnny Oates in November of 1972. In his two seasons in Baltimore, he batted .245 with 36 home runs and 135 RBIs in 250 games.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
The Orioles have acquired minor league catcher David Freitas as the player to be named later in the deal that sent closer Jim Johnson to the Oakland Athletics for infielder Jemile Weeks last week. Freitas, 24, was selected in the 15th round out of the University of Hawaii by the Washington Nationals in 2010. The right-handed hitter was traded by the Nationals to the Athletics for catcher Kurt Suzuki in August 2012. Freitas is a .276 hitter with a .377 on-base percentage in four minor league seasons.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Catcher Matt Wieters said Wednesday that it seemed inevitable that he would need season-ending elbow surgery shortly after he resumed throwing less than three weeks ago. He also said it was important to undergo the procedure immediately in order to have the best chance of being ready for Opening Day next season. Wieters, who had Tommy John elbow ligament reconstruction surgery Tuesday, said he felt good a day after the procedure and is looking forward to beginning the rehabilitation process quickly to ensure that he's back for the beginning of the 2015 season.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Catcher Matt Wieters underwent successful Tommy John elbow ligament reconstruction surgery, performed by renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, on Tuesday afternoon. Wieters will miss the rest of this season, but the Orioles are hopeful he will be ready to return by Opening Day next year. A position player's estimated recovery time from the surgery is nine months. In the procedure, the palmaris longus tendon on the palm side of his right wrist was removed to reconstruct the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
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