BALTIMORE – The good news for the Orioles is that Chris Davis is back from the disabled list. The bad news is that he’s being replaced on the DL by Matt Wieters.
Wieters, who’s been suffering from a strained right elbow, will be totally rested. After Wieters saw orthopedist Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla. on Wednesday, he’s been restricted to being the designated hitter.
“Matt’s going to take the period and try to give this thing the best chance to heal,” manager Buck Showalter said on Sunday morning. “He’s probably Dhable, but to get the best opportunity for this to heal properly, we need to let it quiet down completely.”
Showalter said mixing hitting and rehab isn’t a great solution.
“To get the best opportunity for this to heal properly, we need to let it quiet down completely,” he said.
“Originally they felt like the best scenario was a two-to-three week period where he wasn’t throwing, so this gives us the best opportunity for this thing to manage itself.”
After Sunday's game, Wieters said he agreed with the decision.
“Ultimately, it was what’s going to get me back catching as quick as possible. And we just kind of felt letting it completely rest as opposed to try and get through swings and kind of get half ready every day. It may have actually been slowing us down a little bit to where we’ll now let it completely rest and, hopefully, be able to get back to catching even sooner," Wieters said.
The two-time All-Star catcher said he would avoid hitting for the time being as well.
"I’m definitely going to take some time off from really everything, except for treatment and rehab and we’ll continue to keep the legs under and do stuff like that with the rest of the body, but swings and any throwing is going to be out for a while," Wieters said.
Showalter says that by July 1, the Orioles and Wieters will have to make a decision on surgery. If it’s not healed completely by then, he could be ready for spring training 2015.
“Obviously, at a six-week period, we’re probably going to have to make a decision whether we’re going with him or not, to be a full-fledged catcher next year. We’ll take a two or three-week period to see if we can get it managed, and he can catch for us the rest of the year or if we’re still having problems at the six-week mark, then we have to think about something else,” Showalter said.
Currently, Steve Clevenger and Caleb Joseph are the team’s catchers, but the Orioles have looked since spring training to shore up the position, and haven’t added one.
“That’s the way we’re going to go,” Showalter said. “I know a lot of players are come to the rescue guys, then all of a sudden you make the mistake of thinking they’re more than they are. I don’t feel that way about these two guys.”
Showalter said that Dan Duquette, the team’s executive vice president of baseball operations is looking at outside options.
“Certainly Dan’s looking at that. I’d be less than honest if I told you we’ve looked at some options, but we hope we don’t have to go there,” Showalter said.
Wieters was on the disabled list in July 2010 for a strained hamstring. He doesn't like it.