FORT MYERS, Fla. – Buck Showalter didn’t want to hazard a guess about Matt Wieters’ sore right elbow. Wieters left Saturday’s game in the first inning. There are currently no plans for an MRI.
“We’ll see. The X-ray looked good. I think what it is, we’re going to try to let it, any problems that he may have felt at that time dissipate and wherever there’s any soreness or stiffness, see where we are in a couple of days…see what the next step is,” Showalter said.
Wieters had Tommy John surgery in June 2014, and played a limited schedule last season after he returned in early June.
“I have a feel for it. What would you think if you had some discomfort in an area that you had surgery. You would have some concern. I appreciate him erring on the side of safety. We’ve got people who have a history with him and we’ll see what each day brings,” Showalter said.
Bench coach John Russell noticed Wieters’ discomfort, and mentioned to Showalter.
“I didn’t talk to him until right until he left the dugout. He didn’t need that. I try to give what the players need. Matt is adept at handling his body and he knows what he means to our club and he also knows he’s a piece of it. Take each day. I’m not a glass-half-empty guy. I’m thinking best-case scenario right now,” Showalter said.
Showalter had a reaction when Wieters was hurt.
“Of course there is. Are you kidding me? That’s why they make sunglasses and why you strike certain poses. I feel the same thing that Matt feels and the fans and everybody. I’m a fan of Matt and the Orioles and they’re one and the same. It’s a great reminder to us all. Things come and go. You better be able to adapt on the move,” Showalter said.
Without Wieters, Caleb Joseph will do most of the catching, but Showalter doesn’t want to rush into decisions.
“Let’s don’t get into the medical. Let the medical people do their stuff. There’s a reason why in their eyes it isn’t scheduled at this point. If in the next two or three days don’t manage as we hope, then that might happen,” Showalter said.
NOTE: Showalter said T.J. McFarland’s throwing session went well and he hopes he’ll return to the mound shortly.
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