WASHINGTON -- Orioles catcher Matt Wieters wasn't in Friday's starting lineup against the Nationals as manager Dave Trembley opted to be cautious with the young backstop, who was sporting a nice bruise after fouling a ball off his right knee in the third inning of Thursday's 13-7 loss to Texas.
"You have adrenaline going through the game, [and] I kept moving, so it was fine [Thursday night]," Wieters said of his knee. "But after a three-hour plane flight and getting in real early [Friday] morning, it got tight on me. So just give it a day and we'll be good to go."
Trembley said X-rays on Wieters' knee came back negative, but he would try to stay away from using him on Friday, even in a pinch-hitting situation. Wieters, who turned 24 on Friday, has appeared in 37 of the team's 43 games.
Wieters was optimistic he would be sidelined for only one game and anticipated Friday's off-day would take the place of Sunday afternoon, which was his originally scheduled day off.
"[I'll] play the next two games [of the series] and be 100 percent, instead of 60-70 percent," Wieters said.
"It's not like a pain, it's just a stiffness."
Wieters is hitting. 255 this season and is coming off a 2-for-10 road trip in Texas, where he also had a walk and an RBI. He has thrown out 11 of 26 potential basestealers this season and committed just one error behind the plate.