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Matt Wieters needs Tommy John surgery

Jun 16, 2014, 5:28 PM EDT

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Reports last week suggested that the Orioles were expecting the worst with Matt Wieters‘ elbow injury and sure enough the team just announced that the catcher will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery.

The recovery time for Tommy John surgery is generally much shorter for position players than for pitchers, but that isn’t as clear cut for catchers and at the very least Wieters is looking at 6-9 months on the sidelines.

Wieters was off to a very good start before being shut down, hitting .308 with five homers and an .839 OPS in 26 games. He’s never cracked an .800 OPS in a season previously, so for Wieters to provide big-time value to the Orioles he’ll need to make a full recovery and get back behind the plate on a regular basis.

Baltimore acquired veteran catcher Nick Hundley from San Diego when Wieters went down, so he figures to see most of the action for the remainder of the season and could be an option for the Orioles in 2015 as well depending on Wieters’ recovery status heading into his final season of pre-free agency team control.

  1. dowhatifeellike - Jun 16, 2014 at 5:34 PM


  2. geoknows - Jun 16, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Maybe people will finally quit voting for him for the All Star Game now. Ridiculous that he was leading AL catchers when he hasn’t played in over a month.

    On second thought, probably not, since the word “deserving” doesn’t seem to be in the average voter’s vocabulary.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 16, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      The voting PROCESS allows fans to vote for who they WANT to SEE in the game.

      There aren’t rules on our ballots that say we have to vote for the player with the highest OPS+, ERA+, highest batting average etc…

      There is no calculation.

      The fans may vote for who they WANT to SEE in the game.

      Players who are voted in are deserving in THAT way.

      If the game of baseball cared, they could change the process to highest WAR, highest OPS+ and ERA+ and just leave the fans out…

      The results that happen from the current process are exactly what the process was set up to do.

      it IS working.

      Many fans WANT to see Derek Jeter this year at the all star game even though he doesn’t’ have the best stats,

      Maybe they equate “deserving” differently than you do.

      I, for one, think Mike Trout was MOST definitely the AL MVP the past two seasons. Yet, many think it was Miggy.

    • jeffbbf - Jun 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM

      Just curious…where are the rules and/or guidelines for what constitutes “deserving”?

      • mangoman1966 - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:33 AM

        I think just being above ground

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:23 PM


        Miggy or Trout for MVP the past two seasons?

        There is NO answer to that.

        Thankfully, for the all star voting there is a way to define what constitutes deserving.

        He who has the most votes wins… it is NOT about the highest average, most strikeouts, highest OPS+ etc…

        The players who are “deserving” of being in the all star game are those who the fans WANT to see and say so by voting for them.

        Most votes defines deserving.

        Folks can’t define deserving via stats… Again, Miggy vs. Trout. How much to weigh offense vs. defense etc…

        Would be a nightmare to try and come up with a statistical method to say who is “deserving”.

        Most votes is a good way. We elect office holders in this nation that way. We’re used to it, the process. Most votes wins.

        Simple, old, we’ve used it before baseball was played.

        Person A gets more votes, he becomes Sheriff.

        Player A gets more votes, he makes All Star team/game.

        Works for me. CLEAR cut that way vs. arguing forever between Trout and Miggy’s “stats”.

        I think Trout should have been the MVP both years, but they held a vote and he lost.

        Now, I don’t like the baseball writers as a whole.

        But the PUBLIC at large is who votes for all stars so it’s much better to me that the baseball writers group.

    • jwbiii - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      More to the point, I don’t see any reason not to vote for a player who is injured and might be healthy for the ASG.

      • mmeyer3387 - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:03 AM

        jwbiii, I think that you have a strong point. I’ve enjoyed watching Wieters and I’ve voted for him as well. But how can people vote for someone that has only played a few months at his postion and is out for the whole season? Yet, I don’t think that fans want to see players that used to be very good, that are below average has beens when compared to other players. In my own humble option, I believe that MLB wants to attract fans, but MLB assumed that people would exercise a little common sense. You can also see this flaw when the gold glove awards are made. There’s several examples of players that are very average defensively at their positions and still get gold gloves. In additionally, I’ve seen a few sports journalist make these same errors. They are mindless to where they forget that MLB also has a silver slugger award. Nonetheless, I’ve thought of a solution, we can have a “used to be great All Star game, along with an old timers game. Maybe we can make everyone happy. Or the fans could use some common sense and chose the best players for the current 2014 season.

  3. johnnysoda - Jun 16, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    The epidemic has spread, I see.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 16, 2014 at 5:55 PM

      It is everywhere.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 16, 2014 at 6:27 PM

        yep, just waiting for an UMP to need the surgery due to ringing batters up due to how many times batters strike out nowadays…

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 16, 2014 at 6:50 PM

        It is bound to happen.

    • moogro - Jun 16, 2014 at 6:40 PM

      I’m scared to type now.

  4. babyfarkmcgeezax - Jun 16, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    I guess position players were starting to feel left out of the Tommy John fun. This is getting absurd, best wishes for a speedy recovery.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 16, 2014 at 6:54 PM

      A minor league catcher for the Jays had Tommy John surgery a couple of years ago. He now seems to be stuck in Double A.

  5. hittfamily - Jun 16, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Jose Molina is available. I will broker the deal on Andrew’s behalf. If we can have Matt’s old UCLafter it’s removed, you can have our Molina.

  6. mmeyer3387 - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:22 AM

    The O’s seem to miss Wieters not only for his defense but for his ability to call a game and to work with the team’s pitchers.

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