Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is dealing with an injury to the ulnar-collateral ligament in his right elbow and was hoping to avoid surgery. He's been going through a throwing program for the past few weeks after a three-week shutdown period, and it doesn't sound like it's going well.
Here's the latest news from two reporters:
Matt Wieters will see Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla next Monday to check on his right elbow. Wieters was hoping for more progress.— Rich Dubroff (@RichDubroffCSN) June 9, 2014
Heard from two sources that Wieters' throwing program with #Orioles not going well and that surgery looks increasingly likely. However...— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 9, 2014
...a third source says it is too early to make a determination, that #Orioles' Wieters is having good days and bad.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 9, 2014
So the news isn't horrible yet, but it doesn't sound like things are trending in a positive direction for the All-Star backstop. Remember, earlier this season Orioles manager Buck Showalter noted that the club wanted him back by July 1, in order to avoid surgery.
Wieters, 28, is hitting .308/.339/.500 (130 OPS+) with five homers and 18 RBI in 26 games this season. The Orioles are 16-10 when he starts and 15-20 when he doesn't.