Wieters gets day of rest with September looming

Wieters gets day of rest with September looming

BALTIMORE -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter gave catcher Matt Wieters the day off Thursday, as the team played an afternoon game after a night game on Wednesday.

Wieters already has played in 116 games, and with the Orioles poised to make a run at the postseason, the manager is being very careful with his starting catcher. Taylor Teagarden started behind the plate and hit ninth.

"I think Matt needs a day, I really do," Showalter said. "I think to take him for granted is a mistake. He's so into everything that's going on here."

Showalter said Wieters is available to pinch-hit, if needed.

Wieters said he's looking forward to this weekend's big series in New York against the Yankees, but said that at this time of the season, he doesn't feel quite as sharp as earlier. He wants to be ready for the big September push.

"We want to win as many games as we can between now and the end of the season," Wieters said. "Wherever that puts us is where that puts us. All we [can] try and control is to go out there and play hard every day and try and win as many games as we can."