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OWINGS MILLS – Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the blame rests solely with him for the Ravens losing a week of OTA’s, and being fined by the NFL for their rookie minicamp practice violation.
Paraphrasing what he told the team, Harbaugh said Thursday, “There’s not one person in this room that should worry about it for one second, because it’s on me. It’s completely on me. It’s my decision, it’s my effort. That’s the situation that we’re in. We’ll adjust. We’ll adapt. We’ll still become the best football team that we can be. We’ll figure out ways to get our work done. Maybe the rest will be good for us.”
Losing valuable practice time at this time of year surely bothers Harbaugh. But it was pretty clear that the Ravens would be punished once it was learned they put players in pads briefly during rookie camp, which violated the CBA.
Asked how the Ravens managed to violate the rules, Harbaugh said he misinterpreted them.
Said Harbaugh, “I read it the wrong way, and it’s on me.”
As a result, the Ravens will have catching up to do when they return to the practice field the second week of June.
It’s just under a year since Matt Wieters returned from Tommy John surgery, and it’s taken him that long for him to catch on three consecutive days.
That used to happen all the time. In fact, he would often catch four straight as he did from Apr. 23-26, 2014, which was the last time he did that before undergoing Tommy John surgery in June 2014.
In 2015, Wieters didn’t catch on consecutive days for the first month he was back, and didn’t do it again until the season’s last month when he did it four times.
Asking him and manager Buck Showalter about his schedule last year was a tedious, but necessary exercise. Both Showalter and Wieters wanted him to catch more often, but they didn’t want to risk his elbow.
Showalter said last summer that he was hoping to catch Wieters in three straight games then, but it’s taken until the season’s 45th game.
It doesn’t hurt that Wieters is 13-for-26 (.500) in his last six games, and that Caleb Joseph, his backup, has not driven in a run this season.
In a season full of firsts for Hyun Soo Kim, he gets another one on Thursday night. He’ll start in consecutive games for the first time.
It was two months ago that the Orioles sought, against Kim’s will, and his contract, to send him to Norfolk. He refused the assignment, and was on the Opening Day roster.
Despite often having a week between starts, Kim has hit well. On Wednesday night, Kim was 3-for-3 and had two doubles, his first game with multiple extra-base hits.
In April, Kim batted .600 in six games. This month, he’d been just 2-for-14 before his perfect night, which also included a walk.
Kim is batting a robust .438 (14-for-32), and for a team desperate to avoid strikeouts, he could be the answer. He’s only struck out twice this season and walked five times for a .514 on-base percentage.