News and updates have been few and far between regarding Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, which has been perceived as bad news, but some good news finally came out as Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Wieters will do some light throwing on Friday.
Connolly reports that Wieters will do some light throwing Friday before the Orioles take on the Houston Astros, which Manager Buck Showalter stated such after the Orioles 8-3 loss on Wednesday Night to the Milwaukee Brewers.
As Connolly points out, it will be the first time the two-time Gold Glove winner has thrown in three weeks and the time and distance that Wieters will throw is not known at this time. It is certainly the first step of returning and obviously a lot will be determined on how Wieters feels during and after the throwing session on what the next steps will be.
The news is great to hear, especially after many felt the acquisition of catcher Nick Hundley meant that Wieters' season was over.
Wieters received a platelet rich plasma injection in his elbow on May 12, which was the same shot Chris Davis received when he was dealing with his oblique injury. The Orioles catcher continues to say that his elbow feels better everyday, but has never been willing to say when he will start to throw, but now we know.
Connolly also states that the Orioles would like to make a decision on whether Wieters will catch again this season or need season-ending surgery by July 1, as getting the surgery then would allow Wieters to be ready for the start of the 2015 season.
Oddly enough, the offense has found itself in Wieters' absence, but the pitching staff has deflected from its success in the early season and although there is no statistical data that would back it up, one would believe that not having Wieters behind the plate has played a role in the pitching staff's struggles.
The current American League leading vote getting behind the plate, Wieters was off to a fantastic start this season as he is hitting .308 with five home runs, 18 RBI and has scored 13 runs, which Baltimore would love to have his bat back in the lineup.
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