ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Orioles catcher Matt Wieters arrived from his appointment with Dr. James Andrews before the game Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Wieters was happy with the results of the visit. A source said earlier Wednesday that Wieters won't need surgery after experiencing persistent soreness in his right elbow recently.
Wieters said he will have to give his arm some rest, but he didn’t say how long it would be before he can catch again. He expects to serve as the Orioles' designated hitter, starting tomorrow.
Here’s what Wieters said before Wednesday's game.
On whether he received good news:
Definitely. Any time there's a positive outlook to where we definitely see getting back on the field sooner rather than later. You ultimately hope for, 'Hey, you're good to go,' but I think we've got to be smarter than that and make sure we let everything kind of heal and calm down before we push it again.
On how injury developed:
It was kind of forearm, and even a little bicep, just when I first did it on that throw [in Boston], and I think those symptoms we got a hold of and got control of, and then it kind of set into the elbow a little bit, and that's when the real concern happens that you want to make sure you get it checked out and looked at.
On whether it hinders his throwing:
I’m not going to say it was hindering my throwing. It just didn’t as feel comfortable as it normally does when throwing to second base. It wasn’t really pain, but at the same time, just knowing that something is not quite right.
On whether it is a relief to know it’s not serious:
Yeah, I think that’s the biggest thing. You don't really know how to treat it and take care of it until you get a good look at it and the opinion from the expert.
On what he’d specifically call the injury:
Not really [sure], because [Andrews] just kind of said that everybody’s elbow looks different. ... It’s more about going by feel, and all the tests we did, tested fine for normal pain tolerance for a good elbow.
On whether he’d DH tomorrow:
For sure. Got back here just recently, but I expect to be available later tonight.