Wieters can't catch but won't need elbow surgery

ST. PETERSBURG — Orioles C Matt Wieters won't need surgery on his sore right elbow, but he may be limited to DH duties for a while.

Wieters was out of the starting lineup against the Rays on Wednesday night after visiting noted orthopedist James Andrews, who said the switch-hitter had no structural damage.

"It doesn't hurt him to hit at all, either way," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "That's not a factor. I'm not going to give you an exact time frame when he can catch, but I think if he keeps down the path we hope it does, he'll be a catcher again in the near future."

The elbow has bothered Wieters for the past couple of weeks.

DIVERSITY STUDY: Major League Baseball maintained its racial and gender hiring practices in the past year, but the percentage of African-American players equaled a study's all-time low set in the 2007 season, according to the annual report by Richard Lapchick's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at UCF.

FREAK ACCIDENT: Nationals manager Matt Williams said his car was sideswiped by another vehicle that then took off while he was stopped in traffic a few blocks from Nationals Park. It happened while Williams was doing his weekly live radio appearance.

ANGELS: OF Josh Hamilton took one-handed swings for the first time since having surgery April 11 to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb.

A'S: CF Coco Crisp strained his neck and may have injured his left shoulder after hitting the wall in the opener of a doubleheader. He'll be reevaluated today.

BREWERS: LF Ryan Braun, out since April 26, should be ready to return from a right oblique strain by next week's series against the Pirates.

CUBS: RH reliever Pedro Strop went on the 15-day disabled list with a moderate left groin strain.

DODGERS: RF Yasiel Puig was back in the lineup three days after crashing into a wall, but OF Matt Kemp did not start because he "seemed a little tired," manager Don Mattingly said.

Wieters can't catch but won't need elbow surgery 05/07/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 9:28pm]

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