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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Matt Wieters Injury: Updates on Orioles Star’s Elbow and Recovery | Bleacher Report

UPDATE 05/07/2014 5:16 PM EDT: Wieters will not need surgery

It’s never good when that happens.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2014 at 06:54 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DKDC Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:28 AM (#4701946)
It doesn't seem to be affecting his hitting.

If his UCL is torn, they could try to stick him at DH and put off the surgery until later in the season, but that pushes Cruz into full time LF duties and does nothing to solve the gaping hole at Catcher or 1B.

It would be better if his ligament wasn't torn.
   2. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:50 AM (#4702001)
Wasn't a partial tear of the UCL what moved Pujols to 1B permanently? He could have had the surgery in 2003 or whatever, but didn't want to miss the better part of a season.
   3. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: May 07, 2014 at 01:19 PM (#4702214)
If the UCL really is torn, does it at all make sense to put off surgery so he can DH? I know that Wieters is off to a great start, that he's not yet 28, and that a catcher's offense often develops late, but, still, he has a career OPS+ of 101. As a catcher who plays good defense that's awesome, but as a DH it's not.

Another way of looking at this is: how good does his hitting have to be to make it worthwhile to either assume he'll miss most of 2015 rehabbing or to permanently move him off of catcher? If the O's think he's figured something out and that he really is a 337/372/570 hitter then, sure, that's great. But what if he's really a 110 OPS+ guy. What then? Where's the break even point?
   4. Natty Fan Posted: May 07, 2014 at 02:20 PM (#4702301)
#3 - the average AL DH is hitting .252/.339/.435 this year. For 2013, it was .245/.326/.402.

Like you said, it's a tough decision, but to use Wieters at DH for the remainder of 2014, the O's have to: 1) believe he can sustain something close to this production for the rest of 2014; and 2) be willing to lose his production at catcher in 2015 for the chance to win the AL East this year. Considering the state of the division at this moment, that's not as crazy as it might seem at first glance.
   5. DKDC Posted: May 07, 2014 at 03:26 PM (#4702407)
Also, #3, it depends on how long they think the recovery time is.

Let’s make up a timeframe and say he’ll need 9 months to start DHing again and another 3 months to be able to catch full time.

If that’s the case, there’s not a lot of downside to waiting a month and re-evaluating based on health/standings/roster needs/production.

Edit: well it was an interesting thought exercise. I see the latest news today is that this is not a UCL tear.
   6. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: May 07, 2014 at 05:51 PM (#4702573)
Glad he (seemingly) won't need TJ. I like Weiters, and I also understand that his ulnar collateral ligament tears YOU.
   7. Bourbon Samurai Posted: May 07, 2014 at 05:55 PM (#4702576)
Wieters hunted down Tommy John and took his ligaments and installed them himself. Surgery will be uneccessary.
   8. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: May 07, 2014 at 08:05 PM (#4702619)
It’s never good when that happens.


Linking to Bleacher Report? I agree 100%.

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