It was one of those times that we here at Orioles101 wanted to be proven wrong, but unfortunately we turned out to be correct as what many feared became official on Monday as the Baltimore Orioles announced that Gold Glove catcher Matt Wieters will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the 2014 season.
Wieters had a follow up appointment with Dr. James Andrews on Monday and the renowned orthopedic surgeon will perform the ulnar collateral reconstruction surgery on Wieters Tuesday
The organization said that the estimated recovery time is anticipated to be nine months, which theoretically would put him on tract to start the 2015 season.
Normally you see pitchers have Tommy John surgery, but when a position player has the surgery, the recovery time is a little shorter due to the less amount of stress on the arm, although a catcher does throw more than other position players.
“For position players, we say six to eight [months], but even that’s a little aggressive, especially with a catcher who has to make certainly not as many throws as a pitcher but long throws, off-balance throws," Sports injury expert Will Carroll of the Bleacher Report stated on WNST on Monday. “I’ve talked to some doctors and they say, ‘Honestly, treat him like a pitcher.’ I think it’s a little less than that. I would say you’re looking at nine or 10 months, maybe as many as 12. Opening Day is going to be really tight, even on the low end.”
Wieters was off the best the best start to a season in his career as he was hitting .308 with five home runs and 18 RBI in 104 at bats and is currently the leading vote getter for the American League at catcher.
We stated all along that we would be shocked if Wieters played again in the 2014 season because you rarely, and we mean rarely, hear of elbow soreness going away from rest. This is the second time in as many years that the Orioles have delayed what seemed to be the inevitable Tommy John surgery as last season the team opted to rest prized pitching prospect Dylan Bundy when he dealt with soreness and ultimately he had to end up having the surgery anyway.
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