SARASOTA, Fla. – Matt Wieters walked into the clubhouse on Tuesday with a relieved look on his face. The MRI on his sore right elbow showed no damage.
“MRI results look great, so I couldn’t be more excited about those. Now, it’s a matter of just dealing with the symptoms, get them treated and get back out there,” Wieters said.
Wieters had Tommy John surgery in June 2014 and when he returned last year, he rarely played on consecutive days. He says that won’t necessarily be the case this year.
“Not really because of how clean the MRI looked. The further and further we get away from surgery, especially when we get to the two-year point, it’s seems…you get a little bit better feeling closer to pre-surgery,” Wieters said.
“No, I’m not thinking like that. It was just something that turned into soreness that I needed to get taken care, just like anything would have. We would like this was just a sore elbow; whether or not I had surgery or not, it’s just a sore elbow.”
Wieters, who left Saturday’s game in the first inning when the elbow flared up on a throw, will be patient.
“It’s just a matter of we want to make sure we kind of get all the muscle soreness out of there before we start again so that everything’s strong enough to where we don’t…we just want to start with it strong and go from there,” Wieters said.
“Today’s better than yesterday and yesterday was better than the day before, so that’s the goal to just keep improving. We’re on the right track.”
Wieters admits to be scared after all the time he put into rehabbing the elbow.
“It was frustrating because you work so hard but then when I was driving home the other night I kind of realized the expectations are that it could happen to anybody at any time so we’ve just got to be able to go out there and have my mind free and clear to be able to play,” Wieters said.
Wieters hasn’t thrown yet, and says he’ll wait until the soreness has vanished before he gets ready. Even if he has a week of games before the season, that should be fine.
“The body feels good. The key is, even not throwing now, try to get as much work in catching-wise as I can to keep the legs underneath me. Last year it was hard because I wasn’t able to do the other stuff because we were doing so much other rehab with the elbow. This year the body feels really in good shape to where when I get back throwing, I should be good to go,” Wieters said.
Other than Yovani Gallardo, there’s no one on the staff he really needs to get acquainted with.
“Obviously I’d like to catch Gallardo a few times before spring ends, but it’s something where we’ll do as much as we can and whenever the season gets here, we’ll be ready to go,” Wieters said.
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