Orioles shut down Wieters for a week
Orioles catcher Matt will be shut down from catching for a week, as the All-Star –who made his Grapefruit League catching debut on Tuesday– came in Wednesday morning with elbow tendinitis. The team said it’s a normal part of the rehab process and isn’t a huge concern right now.
The earliest Wieters could play is Sunday at designated hitter as manager Buck Showalter said he just wants to let the whole area calm down for a few days.
“He could be cleared sooner. Things may change,” manager Buck Showalter said. “[He] talked with Dr. [James] Andrews today. It’s normal. It’s around a nine-month period. It’s not a setback. I’m surprised we haven’t had any of this before. He’s not feeling anything acute or anything…With all the time we have left, we thought it would be prudent to just try to get ahead of it. He’s been doing a lot of things on the half field and throwing program. He’s been doing things that he didn’t do when he was healthy. There’s been a lot there. His legs feel great, though. I don’t think it puts anything in jeopardy, but we’ll see.”
Wieters, who underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery on June 17, has been on track throughout his rehab to be ready for the Orioles season opener and Showalter said it’s too early right now to know if this tendinitis would change that. But should Wieters not be able to catch by the season opener could the club still have him on the Opening Day roster?
“Probably not,”Showalter said, “but don’t hold me to it.”
Wieters went 0-for-3 at the plate on Tuesday and had just one fielding play and no stolen base attempts. Still, Showalter said the game was a big step for him.
“He took infield. He had ups, downs, he had throws between innings. That was challenging and it was at a different speed,” Showalter said. “I don’t care what you do on back fields, where there’s just a different adrenaline flow, a different arm speed. There’s throwing the ball down between innings. He said he felt a little, what’s the word, just a little achy-ness, with a couple, maybe two out of seven throws. I think we don’t want it and Matt doesn’t want it to mushroom into something bigger than hopefully it is.”