Matt Wieters Injury: Updates on Orioles Star's Elbow and Recovery

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 6, 2014

USA Today

Updates from Wednesday, June 18

Matt Wieters spoke about his elbow surgery and his eventual return to the Orioles lineup (via Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun):

Updates from Monday, June 16

Matt Wieters will undergo surgery to repair his injured elbow, the Orioles confirmed on Monday:

Updates from Sunday, June 1's Brittany Ghiroli provides an update on Wieters' recovery:

Updates from Friday, May 30's Brittany Ghiroli has the latest on Wieters:

Updates from Sunday, May 18

Buck Showalter updated Matt Wieters' status as he tries to recover from an injured elbow (via Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun):

Updates from Sunday, May 11

MLB Roster Moves on Twitter passed along news on Matt Wieters' status:

Following Wieters' move to the disabled list, manager Buck Showalter discussed his catcher's health (via Brittany Ghiroli of and Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun):

Prior to this season, Wieters had only been on the disabled list once in his career (via Connolly):

Updates from Wednesday, May 7

Brittany Ghiroli of provides an update on Matt Wieters' return:

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports previously reported an update on Wieters' elbow injury:

MLB Roster Moves provides info on the Orioles' roster moves:

Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun posted today's Orioles lineup and provided additional information on the injury:

Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun provides more details:

Original Text

The Baltimore Orioles may soon be slipping down the American League East standings after news that Matt Wieters may be on the shelf for a while.

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reported that the All-Star catcher will see renowned orthopedic surgeon James Andrews on Wednesday. There is a chance that Wieters has a torn UCL, which would likely end his 2014 season:

The club later confirmed that he would be seeing Dr. Andrews. 

However, the injury isn't serious enough to keep him out of the lineup on Tuesday night. Manager Buck Showalter slotted him in at designated hitter against the Tampa Bay Rays, per Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun:

MASN's Roch Kubatko also notes that he plans on playing Wednesday:

Bleacher Report injury expert Will Carroll presented a few of the scenarios that Wieters may be facing:

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As's Chris Towers pointed out, the problem couldn't come at a worse time for Wieters. This was the first year in which he truly looked to be following through on the promise he showed at Georgia Tech and then in the minor leagues:

Through the first 22 games of 2014, Wieters had a slash line of .337/.372/.570, up from his career averages of .257/.321/.425. He's also bashed five home runs and driven in 18 runs, which are both second on the team behind veteran slugger Nelson Cruz.   

Taking his bat out of the lineup would undoubtedly hurt the Orioles offensively, and that could adversely affect their hopes of remaining atop what is a congested AL East.

This injury could also hurt Wieters in a big way, if he does in fact miss major time. With the way he's hitting the ball, missing games may mean failing to replicate his hot start once he returns.