Peter Schmuck talks with Orioles catcher Matt Wieters talks about his contract and returning after surgery. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun)
Renowned surgeon James Andrews read the results of Orioles catcher Matt Wieters' MRI on his sore right elbow, which the Alabama-based doctor performed Tommy John surgery on in 2014, and affirmed that all was structurally sound.
"That's good news," manager Buck Showalter said.
Wieters, who left Saturday's game against the Minnesota Twins after feeling tightness in his elbow after a throw to second base on a stolen base attempt, hasn't played since but has said every day feels better than the last.
He said Wednesday that he was doing "every baseball activity I can that doesn't involve pitching or hitting," which essentially limited him to doing drills on blocking balls.
The initial diagnosis of the MRI, which was performed Monday and was read by Ravens team orthopedist Leigh Ann Curl, was that the elbow "looked good structurally," manager Buck Showalter said earlier this week.
"It was just something that turned into soreness that I needed to get taken care, just like anything would have," Wieters said Tuesday when asked of the diagnosis. "We would like [to think] this was just a sore elbow; whether or not I had surgery or not, it's just a sore elbow."
Left-hander T.J. McFarland will make his return to game action Wednesday after an elbow injury forced him out of a game on March 6, Showalter said. Left-hander Brian Matusz is "heading toward the mound this weekend, if that continues down that line," Showalter said.
Showalter also said outfielder Jimmy Paredes, who has missed nearly two weeks with a wrist injury, is nearing a return.
"He's got that last bit of soreness to get out of there, and he'll be back in the mix shortly," Showalter said.
Closer Zach Britton pitched two innings in a minor league game at the Orioles' Twin Lakes complex in Sarasota on Wednesday. He allowed two hits and struck out two over two scorless frames, throwing 28 pitches (20 for strikes).
More cuts coming
Showalter said there could be two or three more cuts coming, but he wants to make sure they're set with enough pitchers for the split-squad games Thursday that will require 18 innings worth of pitching. Vance Worley is starting in the afternoon at the Boston Red Sox, and Mike Wright will start that night in Sarasota against the Twins.