Catcher Matt Wieters said before Tuesday's game against the Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards that he could have surgery next Tuesday on his right elbow if Dr. James Andrews determines during his appointment Monday that the procedure is necessary.
"If we do decide that that's the route to go, then the quicker the better, obviously," Wieters said. "The elbow just wasn't quite discomfort-free. It was something where we were hoping it would be a little further along at this point, and at this point in the year, we want to make sure that we get the best eyes on it and be able to have him look at it and be able to make a decision when he sees it."
Wieters initially visited Andrews on May 7, when the doctor determined he didn't need surgery on a strained right elbow. But the catcher has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 11, and a regimen of rest and light throwing hasn't had the expected results, prompting the second consultation.
Wieters could continue to delay the surgery with the hope of returning this year. If he waits into July before agreeing to undergo the surgery, though, it could cause him to miss Opening Day next year.
"You think about one thing every spring training, and that's winning the World Series this year, especially with this group of guys we have," he said. "It's a special group, and if it does come down to not playing, it'll be hard for me to miss playing with these guys.
"But at the same time, whatever can get me back to playing like I know I can play the quickest is kind of the route we want to go."
Until he's told to do otherwise by Andrews, Wieters said he will continue to throw every other day until his appointment Monday.
Jones at DH again Tuesday
In Tuesday's game, Adam Jones was kept from his usual post in center field for the second straight day with what is being described as general soreness.
Manager Buck Showalter said Jones, who served as the designated hitter Monday and Tuesday against the Red Sox, will return to the outfield today.
If the symptoms aren't markedly improved by the end of the club's homestand Sunday, Jones might be sent for X-rays, but that's not the expectation.
“It feels a lot better today,” Showalter said. “I think the second day [as DH], I'm hoping, will kind of clear it up.”
Showalter said the soreness could have been caused by the hard playing surfaces the Orioles endured on their latest road trip, which included series at Milwaukee, Houston and Texas.
“Those three fields are faster than the AstroTurf in Tampa and Toronto,” Showalter said.
Jones didn't appear too bothered by the soreness Monday when he went 3-for-4 with a home run in the Orioles' 4-0 win over the Red Sox.
Reimold starts rehab in Bowie
Outfielder Nolan Reimold, who began the season on the 60-day disabled list with a neck injury, batted third and started in left field in the first game of a rehab assignment at Double-A Bowie on Tuesday.
Reimold was 1-for-3 in the game, and he also made four putouts in left field before being replaced in the top of the seventh.
In the first inning, Reimold flied out to left field, one batter before Bowie first baseman Christian Walker hit his 17th home run of the season.
Reimold hit a single to left field in the third inning before striking out in his final at-bat to end the fifth.
Bunting practice pays off for Davis
Applying the shift on first baseman Chris Davis suddenly looks a lot less inviting.
With a runner on first base and nobody out in the fourth inning Monday, the powerful slugger laid a bunt down the third base line. The Red Sox had shifted their infield, anticipating Davis to pull, and pitcher Jake Peavy fielded the ball and threw to first base.
Initially ruled out on the play, an instant replay review reversed the call and gave Davis a bunt single.
"It's something that I've worked on for a while," Davis said Tuesday. "I've just started getting a little bit of comfort [with bunting]."
Davis led baseball with 53 home runs last year, and he's certainly not recognized for playing small ball. But he's batting just .234 this year heading into Tuesday, in part because of groundouts to a rover in shallow right field that otherwise would've been base hits.
"It's frustrating when you hit a ball hard and the second baseman fields it and throws you out," Davis said. "At some point in time, you have to make an adjustment, especially if things are going poorly, like they are for me."
Davis said he expects to lay down more bunts in the future, especially when facing right-handed pitchers.
Around the horn
The Orioles will host a five-kilometer walk to raise awareness for lung cancer Sept. 20 at Camden Yards. The event will be held in honor of Monica Barlow, the club's former public relations director, who died of the disease in February. Davis has pledged to donate $100 to the LUNGevity Foundation for every home run he hits this season.
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