The Orioles have announced that backup catcher Caleb Joseph will hit the disabled list with a lower body injury.
During the Baltimore Orioles loss to the Boston Red Sox on Memorial Day, catcher Caleb Joseph suffered a groin injury. While he would stay in the game, he immediately underwent tests after the game. According to MASN’s Roch Kubatko, Joseph will, as expected, be placed on the disabled list.
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Caleb Joseph suffered the injury after being hit by a foul ball. He gets toughness points for staying in the game, but this was expected. Joseph was in obvious pain after being hit and wasn’t himself after being hit. There is no timetable for his return, but he should recover within a 20 to 25 day period depending on what the extent of his injury is.
To replace Joseph on the roster, the Orioles will call up catcher Francisco Pena from the Norfolk Tides. It’s an unfortunate injury for Joseph and it’s one that will certainly affect the Orioles. Matt Wieters isn’t too far removed from having Tommy John surgery. He has proven this season that he can be the everyday catcher, but with Joseph out, his workload will likely increase even more than it already has.
Pena replaces Joseph as the backup catcher. It’s hard to imagine that he will see that much time behind the plate. He might play if there is a day game after a night game. Wieters will have to be the catcher for the other games until Joseph is back.