Matt Wieters to Undergo Season Ending Elbow SurgeryPosted on June 16, 2014 by Joe Nagy
The Orioles announced earlier today that catcher Matt Wieters would undergo season ending Tommy John surgery on his damaged UCL and will miss the rest of the 2014 season. While Wieters defense had taken a bit of a slump (no doubt because of his nagging elbow injury) he was swinging one of the best bats on the club and even lead AL catchers with a .308 BA. Wieters hot start at the plate bode well for a hefty contract extension from the Orioles but with only 26 games played this season it's hard to say if the Orioles will be as keen on a large extension especially with Markakis and Davis due for extensions of their own.
Caleb Joseph and Nick Hundley are currently serving on the catcher committee and Steve Clevenger continues to swing a hot bat in the minors and will undoubtedly see the majors again before the year is over. Joseph has had the most to gain with Wieters riding the pine getting his first taste of the major leagues after over 7 season in the O's farm system and whether he's working closely with Wieters or not, his play continues to get better with time.
So, there it is. No Matt Wieters for the rest of the 2014 season. Please take the next ten seconds to express your feelings. I'll let Michael Scott do it for me.