Orioles catcher Matt Wieters does not need surgery for his elbow injury as initially feared, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has confirmed. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun first reported the news. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports hears the injury involves his flexor mass, not the ulnar collateral ligament.
Wieters, 27, had his elbow looked at by Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday and was told he is not a candidate for surgery. An MRI found an irregularity in his elbow but it is beleived to be an old injury -- perhaps from his days as a pitcher in college -- that was aggravated. He will rest before catching but may be able to DH during that time.
In 22 games this season, Wieters was off to a scorching hot .337/.372/.570 (158 OPS+) start with five home runs. He had only thrown out one of 11 attempted base-stealers though, that after being among the very best at stopping the running the last few seasons. Obviously that could be the direct result of the elbow injury.
The elbow first started barking last month, reportedly. Wieters has not played since Sunday.