MILWAUKEE -- Orioles catcher Matt Wieters will do some light throwing Friday before the game against the Houston Astros, manager Buck Showalter said after the club's 8-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.
It will be the first time Wieters has thrown in three weeks. Showalter said he wasn’t sure how long Wieters will throw Friday.
Wieters has not played in a game since May 10, when the Orioles decided to shut him down completely to rest his strained right elbow. Before that, he had served as the club's designated hitter for four games because he only felt the pain when he threw.
Wieters received a platelet-rich plasma injection in the elbow May 12, and he said it was feeling better daily, but he wouldn’t put a timetable on when he would throw again.
The Orioles would like to decide by July 1 as to whether Wieters will be able to catch this season or if he will need season-ending surgery. If he has surgery by the beginning of July, he should be ready for the start of the 2015 season, barring any setbacks.
Wieters has said he is optimistic that he won’t need surgery. He was hitting .308 with five homers and 18 RBIs in 26 games this year. He leads all American League catchers in All-Star voting.