Wieters to have Tommy John surgery

Wieters to have Tommy John surgery
June 16, 2014, 6:00 pm
(Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Matt Wieters will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Tuesday at noon. The surgery will be performed by orthopedist Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla.

Wieters, who first visited Andrews on May 7 and went on the disabled list on May 11, is expected to recover in time to begin the 2015 season, manager Buck Showalter said.

“We were hoping to get real lucky today, but I think we all knew where it was headed,” Showalter said.

Wieters rested his arm for more than three weeks after Andrews told him to stop throwing, and he threw every other day for more than two weeks.

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“He wasn’t making a whole lot of progress. He had one good day throwing that was kind of encouraging,” Showalter said.

“They took an MRI today for comparison, and it’s about the same, if anything, it’s a little worse, so they’ll proceeded down that avenue.”

Wieters, a two-time All-Star and Gold Glove winner, who caught a career high 140 games in 2013, will go to his Atlanta home to begin rehabilitation.

He left for Florida on Sunday and stuck around on Saturday night to say goodbye to Showalter.

“He and I were both having a little trouble with it,” Showalter said “Neither one of us are very good at this…We’ll see him shortly. We’ll see him many times. His presence is always here.”

The Orioles catchers are currently Nick Hundley and Caleb Joseph, and Showalter said he was happy with them, but knows the team will miss Wieters.

“He’s a really good defensive catcher who’s an offensive force,” Showalter said.

Wieters, who was a career .255 hitter was off to a strong start, batting .308 with five home runs and 18 RBIs.

“That’s a hard combination to find,” Showalter said.