Showalter gives Wieters break from starting lineup

Showalter gives Wieters break from starting lineup

BALTIMORE -- Matt Wieters got a break Saturday night as skipper Buck Showalter held the catcher out of the starting lineup.

Wieters had caught eight consecutive days, and the rest, combined with the team's upcoming off-day on Monday, will give him two breaks in three days. Showalter thinks that will be a plus for his catcher, who's taken a physical beating at times this season.

In addition, Wieters would have to play a day game Sunday after Saturday's night game, so the timing for the rest is good.

"Matt needs the day," Showalter said. "He'll never admit it. We pushed the envelope pretty good on him the last eight days. [The rest] really refreshes his legs."

Instead, the Orioles started backup catcher Taylor Teagarden, an excellent defensive catcher. Teagarden hit ninth and came in hitting only .128 in 15 games.

Wieters said he's fine with the decision. He was still available off the bench to pinch-hit or come into the game later on.

"It's good to get a break and be fresh here tomorrow, and I'll also have the off-day built in on Monday. It's something where [I'll] try and get rejuvenated for the next 20 games coming up."