It is (almost) never a good sign when any Major League Baseball player heads to see Dr. James Andrews, but that is where Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters found himself this week. However, it appears as if Wieters may have avoided disaster, as he will reportedly avoid surgery on his right elbow.
Matt Wieters elbow MRI has been reviewed by Dr. James Andrews and he’s is not considered a candidate for surgery, according to a source
— Dan Connolly (@danconnollysun) May 7, 2014
Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Wieters has been cleared by Dr. Andrews, and that is an immensely positive thing for Wieters and the Orioles. The two-time Gold Glove winner at catcher relies on his throwing arm more than most position players would, and if he had been forced to undergo Tommy John surgery, it would have derailed an otherwise promising season.
Through 99 plate appearances this season, the 27-year-old Wieters has been terrific, posting a .341/.374/.560 slash line with 5 home runs and 13 runs scored. While the case can be made that Wieters has never quite lived up to the lofty hype surrounding him, he is already an above-average option, and if he can continue this torrid pace, he could potentially make the leap to the elite class.