Matt Wieters' MRI on right elbow 'looked good structurally,' Buck Showalter said

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters had an MRI Monday morning on his sore right elbow, and the results revealed his elbow "looked good structurally," manager Buck Showalter announced.

"He lost some of the soreness," Showalter said before the Monday's game, as Wieters' MRI was occurring. "The swelling is gone for the most part, but it's …gotten better every day. What is it, two days? It felt better today than it did yesterday, so day-to-day."


"I don't go up to him every day and say, 'Exactly how did it feel at 7 o'clock? What about at 8:32 [a.m.].'" Showalter said. "He doesn't need that, but I thought he had a good face with it today, and he's planning on winning that battle."

On Sunday, Showalter said an MRI would only be required if the swelling and soreness "don't manage as we hope" in the coming days. The manager said team orthopedist Michael Jacobs was scheduled to come to Sarasota anyway, and decided to schedule Wieters an MRI for 10 a.m.

Leigh Ann Curl, the Ravens' head orthopedic surgeon, was in town and read the results and said it looked good.

"That was encouraging," Showalter said. "It's pretty positive. I know Matt felt good about it today."

Showalter did not say how long Wieters may need to get back to full strength.

Wieters reported that he felt healthy all through spring training, but the current discomfort in the right elbow that he underwent Tommy John surgery on in 2014 came on a throw to second base on a stolen base attempt in the first inning of Saturday's game against the Minnesota Twins.

Wieters said Sunday that he felt tightness in his elbow throwing the ball back to the mound after that, and was pulled from the game before his first at-bat.

He received treatment and underwent more tests on Sunday morning, saying after that the tests came back "pretty normal." An MRI, he said at the time, wasn't scheduled, but could show something just because he's already had surgery.

"It's something where an MRI with an already surgically repaired elbow is going to show different things," Wieters said Sunday.

Hunter Harvey, Chris Jones sent to minor league camp

As part of a protracted set of first cuts, top pitching prospect Hunter Harvey was sent to minor league camp and left-hander Chris Jones was optioned off the major league roster Monday.

Showalter said more cuts would come Monday at lunch and after the game, with the goal of getting the roster down below 50 players.

Harvey and Jones, who both worked as starters last year, are among several who need to be stretched out for the minor league season.

"He's ready to go," Showalter said of Harvey, who didn't pitch in a competitive game since June 2014 due to elbow issues and a broken leg last spring. "He's gotten everything he needs to get out of this, and he's got to move onto the next step. He's going to have a sider or two, and their games really start tomorrow."


Monday is also the first day that players who were just added to the 40-man roster, such as Parker Bridwell and Chris Lee, can be optioned to minor league camp.

McFarland, Matusz update

Left-hander T.J. McFarland (elbow soreness) came out of Sunday's bullpen session well and will pitch in a game Tuesday or Wednesday, while left-hander Brian Matusz (back) had a mound session scheduled for Monday morning.

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