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Phew: Matt Wieters doesn’t need elbow surgery

Matt Wieters

Baltimore Orioles’ Matt Wieters backs off from the plate during an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Wednesday, March 20, 2013 in Sarasota, Fla. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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Orioles catcher Matt Wieters had his sore elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews and for once the news is actually good: Dr. Andrews reviewed his MRI exam and determined that Wieters does not need surgery.

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Wieters will probably take some time off from catching, but should be able to stay in the Orioles’ lineup as a designated hitter. Steve Clevenger will take over as Baltimore’s primary catcher and Caleb Joseph could be added to the roster for more catching depth.

Based on his career numbers Wieters wouldn’t be an especially strong designated hitter, but he’s been on fire this season with a .337 batting average, five homers, and a .942 OPS in 22 games. And hopefully he’ll be able to move back behind the plate before long.

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