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Matt Wieters has 2 RBIs in return; Brian Matusz's 8-game suspension upheld

CLEVELAND -- Baltimore Orioles star catcher Matt Wieters made an immediate impact upon his return to the lineup after missing more than a year for elbow surgery. Sitting fifth in Friday's lineup, he had two hits and two RBI as the Orioles beat Cleveland 5-2.

The switch-hitter was playing for the first time since May 10, 2014. He had Tommy John surgery five weeks later.

"My sole thought all along was to keep working as hard as I could to come back," Wieters said. "Whether it took one year or five years, I didn't care."

Wieters is happy to be part of the team again.

"I'm sure that I'll have some nerves, but that's fine," he said. "What I'm looking forward to the most is just being at the ballpark, having normal days again."

Manager Buck Showalter said the plan is that Wieters will catch every other day.

Meanwhile, Major League Baseball upheld pitcher Brian Matusz's eight-game suspension for having an illegal substance on his arm during a game.

Matusz will begin serving the suspension immediately. The left-hander was ejected from a game May 23 against Miami when umpires discovered the substance on his right forearm. He was suspended Monday and is eligible to return June 14.

He will work out at the Orioles' spring training headquarters in Sarasota, Florida, during his suspension.

The Orioles made a flurry of roster moves after Matusz's suspension was upheld. Catcher Steve Clevenger and right-hander Mike Wright were optioned to Triple-A Norfolk while infielder Everth Cabrera was designated for assignment. Infielder Rey Navarro was recalled from Norfolk. The contract of left-hander Cesar Cabral was selected from Norfolk.

"The idea is to penalize the team by suspending him for eight games," Showalter said. "They've obviously done that because we had to make a lot of moves to offset it."

Also on Friday, the suspension of Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Will Smith was reduced from eight games to six. Smith was also ejected for having an illegal substance on his arm.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.