Orioles catcher Matt Wieters hasn't progressed as quickly as expected in his recovery from a right elbow strain, and he will visit Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla., next Monday to determine if he needs surgery.
“I think it’s something that Matt would like to do just to make sure that [Andrews] agrees with where he is and the way we’re proceeding,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Monday.
It will be the second visit to Andrews for Wieters, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 11. He has been throwing every other day, and Showalter said the catcher had one of his best sessions Monday but is still experiencing discomfort.
Wieters initially visited Andrews on May 7, when the doctor determined that he didn’t need surgery. But a regimen of rest and light throwing hasn’t had the expected results.
“He still has some discomfort,” Showalter said. “Nothing like he had. Matt was hoping that it’d have progressed a little more at this point, and I think he wants to get Dr. Andrews’ opinion, and Dr. Andrews thinks that’s a good idea.”
The Orioles previously set a July 1 deadline for deciding how to progress with Wieters. A surgery in early July would allow Wieters to return for Opening Day next season.
Showalter said that a decision could be made before then, but that the catcher could also elect to delay surgery until after the deadline in the hope that the elbow would improve without a procedure.
“That’s a decision that he’s going to make, and we’re going to be supportive of it, regardless,” Showalter said. “Let’s put it this way: I hope I see him on Tuesday.”
Wieters will continue his regular throwing schedule until his appointment next week.
In 26 games this year, Wieters has hit .308 with five home runs and 18 RBIs. Despite not playing since May 10, he leads his position in fan voting for the All-Star Game.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun