Quick return by Wieters seen as unlikely

Quick return by Wieters seen as unlikely
June 1, 2014, 3:45 pm
(Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

HOUSTON – Matt Wieters tested his right elbow and threw for the second time since he went on the disabled list three weeks ago. Manager Buck Showalter said the session went well, and that he would throw again on Tuesday in Arlington, Tex.

“We just got through this one. We don’t know they’re going to ramp it up. My guess is that they’ll do the same thing again.”

Wieters hasn’t caught in four weeks, and hasn’t played in three. The Orioles are following a throwing program with Wieters, but it doesn’t sound as if the catcher could return within two weeks or so.

“I’m not going to go into timeframes right now. I would say that’s doubtful, but I’ve learned to never doubt somebody like Matt,” manager Buck Showalter said.

“I’ve seen the throwing program they have him on, which is basically the longest possible [timeframe]. I figure we have about four weeks before we have to come to the baptism.”

When Wieters went on the DL, Showalter said a decision would have to be made by July 1 on surgery. If surgery on his elbow is necessary, it would have to performed by then so he could comfortably be ready for the start of next season.
“It’s an important decision not only for us but for his career,” Showalter said.

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