Coffee Companion (5/7): Wieters steals headlines on eve of NFL draft

No amount of coffee will wake you up from the deep, nightmarish sleep you likely had while thinking about Matt Wieters' elbow injury. But in case that kept you up, blogger Jon Meoli writes the Coffee Companion, where Monday through Friday, he recaps the local sports headlines.

Wieters Watch


- Catcher Matt Wieters' forearm soreness late last month would have been disastrous were he a pitcher, but it could prove to be so anyway. Wieters is scheduled to visit Dr. James Andrews to get an opinion on his MRI. Ed Encina points out the Orioles are being mum on the issue, but forearm soreness is a precursor to Tommy John surgery, which would end Wieters' season and likely be a crippling blow to the Orioles.

- My friend Tucker Blair at Orioles Nation wrote a report on catching prospect Caleb Joseph, who was scratched from the Norfolk lineup last night and is likely to join the Orioles if Wieters is out. I'll have more on this later, but here's a good start.

- Still, Wieters played last night, when Tommy Hunter got out of a bases-loaded jam to pick up his ninth save of the year and give the Orioles a 5-3 win.

- The interminable lead-up to the NFL draft is almost over. We are on the eve of the draft, and Peter Schmuck wrote about the Ravens' opportunity to improve their inconsistent offense. My old colleagues at the Howard County Times have a good feature on Clarksville's Michael Campanaro, who is likely to be drafted this week.

- Our positional previews looked at linebackers and defensive backs, and I took a look at who has gone at the Ravens' No. 17 pick in the past.

- Maryland AD Kevin Anderson and coach Mark Turgeon were on the defensive Tuesday at the Big Ten tournament press conference after four scholarship players left the team.

Champs for a reason

- Last year's NBA Finals teams, the Heat and Spurs, each won easily in to take 1-0 series leads against the Nets and Trail Blazers. Minnesota topped the Blackhawks 4-0 at home to pull to within 2-1 in that series, while the Canadiens won at home to take a 2-1 series lead over the Bruins.

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