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Phew: Matt Wieters doesn’t need elbow surgery

May 7, 2014, 1:51 PM EDT

Matt Wieters AP

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters had his sore elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews and for once the news is actually good: Dr. Andrews reviewed his MRI exam and determined that Wieters does not need surgery.

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Wieters will probably take some time off from catching, but should be able to stay in the Orioles’ lineup as a designated hitter. Steve Clevenger will take over as Baltimore’s primary catcher and Caleb Joseph could be added to the roster for more catching depth.

Based on his career numbers Wieters wouldn’t be an especially strong designated hitter, but he’s been on fire this season with a .337 batting average, five homers, and a .942 OPS in 22 games. And hopefully he’ll be able to move back behind the plate before long.

  1. HitsDingers - May 7, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    I guess there’s a first time for everything

  2. senioreditor2 - May 7, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    It’s put up or shut up time for the Orioles. He’s a free agent after this season and will command a significant contract. They got lucky that he doesn’t need surgery. Now is the time to move him for maximum return if they’re not going to sign him.

    • cptcliche - May 7, 2014 at 2:13 PM

      Not a free agent until 2016.

      • edouble86 - May 7, 2014 at 2:52 PM

        Actually, he’ll be a free agent in 2015.

      • senioreditor2 - May 7, 2014 at 3:11 PM

        Sorry, I am in error. Earliest Arb Eligible: 2015, Earliest Free Agent: 2016. Wow did I screw that up.

  3. randomdigits - May 7, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Of course last season they said Bundy had a flexor mass issue and we know how that ended.

    Hopefully this time an Oriole doesn’t have to get cut.

  4. sportsfan18 - May 7, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    Maybe he’s turning into the next Molina…

    A catcher who begins to really rake after many years of being in the league…

    Or maybe not…

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