HOUSTON – Sometime on Friday afternoon, Matt Wieters is going to see how his elbow reacts to throwing. Wieters, who’s been on the disabled list since May 10 and hasn’t caught since May 4, will test his sore right elbow.
“We got a whole throwing program but the trainers know it better than I can. If everything goes well, we are going to pick up a ball tomorrow,” Wieters said.
Since Wieters hasn’t thrown for a few weeks, it won’t be anything rigorous, but it is a sign of progress.
“Definitely. Every movement that gets me back towards getting on the field is good,” Wieters said.
It’s improved recently, Wieters said.
“It’s gotten a lot better over the last few days, which is what we were waiting on. Waiting for it all to subside and it’s all gotten out. Now it’s just a matter of going through the throwing progression and hopefully everything keeps getting better,” he said.
“It’ll be a distance and number of throws, I’m sure it won’t be anything too stretched out tomorrow,” Wieters said.
When Wieters was told to stop throwing temporarily by orthopedist Dr. James Andrews, he still was the designated hitter for four games before he was put on the disabled list. He’s not concerned that he’s missed at-bats.
“Throwing will be the more important thing to see. Swings will be a lot easier to catch up on than the throwing will be,” Wieters said.
Manager Buck Showalter has been counting the days since Wieters saw Andrews on May 9.
“It’s not like he’s going to go foul line to foul line or go behind the plate. This is the first time he’s going to throw a little bit. It’s part of the process. So far, so good. We were hoping he’d be able to do that at the three week mark, which is where we were yesterday, I think. First step, so hopefully that goes well. Feels good so far,” Showalter said.
Showalter is cautious about what Wieters’ first tossing session will bring.
“I don’t. I gauge it by listening to Matt and listening to the trainers. I don’t think we’re going to get a definitive answer. Hopefully, it starts the process of getting a little bit more and a little bit more and getting to the point. I think we’ve given it every opportunity to heal itself, so to speak, or scar over. We’re hoping that’s the case, but we won’t really know, until probably his third or fourth session when he kind of starts stretching out a step. Tomorrow’s a step. It wouldn’t be anything real strenuous tomorrow, I would think,” Showalter said.