BALTIMORE -- Orioles catcher Taylor Teagarden will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Norfolk on Friday, and he could be activated and rejoin Baltimore early next week.
"He'll catch nine innings there tomorrow and seven to nine [innings] on Saturday and DH Sunday," manager Buck Showalter said of Teagarden, who is working his way back from a dislocated left thumb. ""Hopefully all those things happen. That's the plan."
Teagarden has been working out at extended spring in Sarasota, Fla., and assuming all goes well with Norfolk, he should join the Orioles on their upcoming road trip. Baltimore travels to Houston for three games following Monday's off-day, and then the club heads to St. Petersburg for a weekend set against the Rays.
Teagarden, the backup to Matt Wieters on the club's Opening Day roster, was placed on the DL on April 28 after taking a foul ball off the tip of his thumb the day prior in Oakland. He is 0-for-13 in four games this season.
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