Baltimore Orioles fans were on edge all day as they anxiously awaited the news coming from Matt Wieters' visit to renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews for his sore elbow/forearm. Fans, you can take a big exhale as Wieters has appeared to avoid any type of surgery after his MRI was reviewed by Andrews.
Multiple outlets have reported that Wieters will both avoid surgery and likely avoid the disabled list, including the first report we saw by Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.
Wieters will rest the elbow for a bit in regards to not getting behind the plate, but he appears to be able to still serve as the team's designated hitter, much like he did last night.
He and Nelson Cruz have been the biggest threats in the Orioles lineup all season and the ability to keep Wieters in the lineup is huge bullet dodged for the Orioles.
Wieters is among the league leaders in batting average thus far and his vast improvement at the plate while hitting from the left side has been one of the biggest turnarounds we have seen in recent memory. Wieters' bat is vitally important to this Orioles lineup, especially considering that Chris Davis is still on the disabled list with no clear expected date of return for him, although he is doing well in rehab.
Baltimore may still elect to add Caleb Joseph (click here for our article on Joseph) to the roster in order to provide some insurance and a backup option for Steve Clevenger while Wieters is limited to the DH role, which would mean they have to make room on the 25-man roster for him. We find it hard to believe that it would be anyone other than Jemile Weeks to be sent down, unless the Orioles feel it is time to let Jonathan Schoop play everyday in Norfolk, but consider that unlikely.
As bad as the injury news has been for the Orioles this season, it is nice to get some good news as Wieters and the Birds have appeared to dodge a major blow.
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