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Matt Wieters undergoes Tommy John surgery

Jun 17, 2014, 6:14 PM EDT

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The Orioles announced Tuesday — via MASN’s Roch Kubatko — that catcher Matt Wieters underwent Tommy John surgery on his injured right elbow in Florida. Dr. James Andrews replaced a ligament in Wieters’ elbow, shaved down a bone spur, and transposed a nerve in a procedure that took about 30 minutes. It was deemed a success, like most surgeries are right out of the gate.

Wieters is done for the rest of the 2014 season and his lengthy rehabilitation process will probably leak into spring training next year. But he should be ready to rock by the opening of the 2015 campaign.

Nick Hundley and Caleb Joseph will continue to fill in at catcher for the O’s, who open play Tuesday one game over .500 at 35-34. They are five games back in the American League East standings.

  1. dowhatifeellike - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    It must be kind of surreal to see a doctor about a problem one day and be on the operating table the next morning. Even my friend with aggressive brain cancer had to wait 2 days for administrative BS to clear.

  2. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Not fully sure about Opening day. The timetable for a return from Tommy John is certainly different for a position player than a pitcher, however a catcher may require a little extra bit of time, and with Matt, I expect the O’s to take a very cautious approach similar to Manny and Bundy. The team is hopeful he will make it by Opening Day, however I’d hazard a unprofessional guess that it’s more likely it will end up a few weeks later.

  3. bigmeechy74 - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    The orioles can just grab any league average guy to replace him and it’s the exact same thing. A completely over-hyped bust from day one. And I don’t want to hear any of the “but he calls a good game and is good at defense” crap. He was supposed to be the next johnny bench. He is an AWFUL hitter

  4. bmadormo - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    2011-2013 he has averaged over 20 HRS + 65, rbi’s those are actually vg numbers for a catcher. He isn’t awful.

    • bigmeechy74 - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:28 AM

      Fine. He isn’t awful. But he is still a colossal disappointment

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