Matt Wieters hasn’t played since early May with a bad elbow, and reports on Wieters’ efforts to rehab the issue have not been altogether encouraging. In fact, according to Ken Rosenthal, there is reason to believe that Wieters will have to shut it down soon and undergo surgery on the elbow.
“Heard from two sources that Wieters’ throwing program with #Orioles not going well and that surgery looks increasingly likely,” Rosenthal said (via HardBallTalk). “However, a third source says it is too early to make a determination, that Orioles’ Wieters is having good days and bad.”
If Wieters does indeed have to go under the knife, the surgery will end his season. Wieters was on his way to possibly his finest offensive season before the elbow problem came up, with his .308/.339/.500 slash line, 5 HR and 18 RBI.
The Orioles are expected to make up their minds on surgery for Wieters by July 1. Losing him would be a major blow to Baltimore as they attempt to hang on in the AL East race. They are currently in second place 5 1/2 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays.