The Orioles placed catcher Matt Wieters on the 15-day disabled list Sunday for just the second time in his career. This time, it was for a strained right elbow that has bothered him for several weeks and limited him to designated hitter for the past week.
Here’s what Wieters said after Sunday’s game about going on the DL, possibly returning when he is eligible May 26 and the frustration of not playing.
Why did you decide to go on the disabled list?
Ultimately, it was what’s going to get me back catching as quick as possible. And we just kind of felt letting it completely rest as opposed to try and get through swings and kind of get half-ready every day. It may have actually been slowing us down a little bit to where we’ll now let it completely rest and, hopefully, be able to get back to catching even sooner.
Did this go slower than you had expected?
Didn’t really know what to expect with it, considering it was the first time I really had experienced anything with it. So I’m kind of just going with how the symptoms feel, and it’s definitely [something] we want to make sure we get right.
How concerned are you considering the difficultly in putting a timetable on this?
Nobody knows exactly what’s going to happen tomorrow. We’re just going to go every day, come here ready to work, ready to rehab, and when I’m ready, I’m ready.
Is there a specific pain in your elbow or does it just not feel right?
You just know it is not right, right now, and we want to get it right before we get back out there.
Anything new discovered?
No, it just turned into more, ‘Are we kind of starting again at ground zero every day we come back if I keep swinging every day?’ I want to make sure that we can make progress and continue to improve on it.
How difficult is it to be on the DL?
The DL’s tough. It’s something to where, you’ve got to be able to keep yourself mentally into the game, and you’ve got to be able to keep yourself physically ready to go when you are ready to come back. And hopefully I can find a way to help these guys while not being in the lineup every day.
Do you think returning in 15 days is possible?
I hope so. Anything’s possible. We’ll set the date when it gets closer to the time.
Are you encouraged that the medical staff had you play initially instead of going right to the DL?
The whole goal is to get back and get playing, and we’re just trying to find the quickest and best way to do that.
Will you stop hitting while you are resting the elbow?
Yeah, I’m definitely going to take some time off from really everything, except for treatment and rehab, and we’ll continue to keep the legs under [me] and do stuff like that with the rest of the body. But swings and any throwing is going to be out for a while.
Will you take a full two weeks off from doing things or could you start earlier?
We don’t know.