Former Mississippi State catcher Craig Tatum, rescued off waivers in the offseason, will start the second half of the season as the Baltimore Orioles’ everyday catcher.
Switch-hitting Orioles catcher Matt Wieters was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a hamstring strain and will be out until at least July 25.
The 27-year-old Tatum, whom the Orioles claimed off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds in November, is batting .246 (15-for-61) with five RBIs. He started three of four games before the All-Star break and is 10-9 as a starter this season.
A Hattiesburg native, Tatum was a third-round draft pick by the Reds in 2004. He’s a career .190 hitter.
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