ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday in Pensacola, Fla., about persistent soreness in his right elbow, the club confirmed Tuesday.
Wieters started at designated hitter in Tuesday's series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, going 2-for-5 with a run scored. Backup Steve Clevenger started at catcher in Wieters' place.
After the game, Orioles manager Buck Showalter offered little insight into the injury, but he said Wieters has been receiving treatment for the elbow and received an MRI during the day off Monday. Showalter said Wieters would go to Andrews’ office in Pensacola and return in time for the game Wednesday.
“We just want to make sure we know what we’re dealing with,” Showalter said. "He’s going to fly in and out tomorrow. He will be back for the game tomorrow.
“We just want to follow up, now that we got [the MRI]. We are on the road, and Pensacola is just around the corner, so to speak. ... Hopefully he’s catching for us tomorrow. Until we got our arms around it, I didn’t want to play him tonight.”
Dr. Andrews is one of the nation’s top known orthopedists when it comes to performing reconstructive elbow surgeries.
Wieters was not available to the media following Tuesday’s game, and he said through a team spokesman that he would address the injury before Wednesday’s game.
Wieters missed the Orioles' game April 22 against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre because of forearm soreness, but he returned to the starting lineup the next day. At the time, Wieters said he felt some soreness after making a throw in Boston a few days earlier, but he downplayed the discomfort.
Wieters, who had an MRI on Monday, has been one of the club's best hitters this season. After going 2-for-5 in the Orioles' 5-3 win Tuesday, Wieters leads American League catchers in batting average (.341), home runs (five) and slugging percentage (.560) and ranks second in RBIs (18), hits (31) and on-base percentage (.374).
In his past nine games, including Tuesday's, Wieters has seven multihit games and three doubles, two homers and eight RBIs.
Wieters has thrown out 33 percent of base stealers over his career but has thrown out just one of 12 this season (8 percent). Last season, Wieters led AL catchers in games (148), homers (21) and RBIs (76).
Last season, Wieters led all AL catchers in games (148), homers (21) and RBIs (76).
Meanwhile, catcher Caleb Joseph was scratched from Triple-A Norfolk's game Tuesday night.
Yahoo Sports first reported that Wieters was scheduled to see Dr. Andrews.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun