By Eduardo A. Encina and Childs Walker
The Baltimore Sun
4:50 PM PDT, September 13, 2012
Catcher Matt Wieters received most of Thursday’s game off — until he entered as a pinch hitter in the 13th inning and caught the top of the 14th.
Manager Buck Showalter said he'd like to have his Gold Glove, All-Star catcher behind the plate for eight of the Orioles’ next nine games on the upcoming road trip to Oakland, Seattle and Boston.
But the Orioles could lose Wieters at any moment. Wieters said his wife, Maria, is due to give birth to their first child Sept. 27, when the Orioles will be in Baltimore. But he said doctors told the couple it’s possible she will give birth sooner.
“Once she goes into labor, I would be getting on the plane to come back and see the birth of our first child,” the catcher said.
Wieters has started 116 games at catcher this season, more than any other American League catcher. (Arizona’s Miguel Montero has started 120 games and St. Louis’s Yadier Molina 116 heading into Thursday.)
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