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If you've been following the Orioles this season you probably noticed lately that Matt Wieters has not been behind the plate. The Baltimore catcher has been dealing with a lingering pain in his throwing arm. After visiting today with Dr. James Andrews, Wieters has decided to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery.
The phrase "Tommy John Surgery" is terrifying to pitchers. It usually means they'll miss at least a full season. Wieters' timetable will be a little shorter because he is not a pitcher. But, one of his biggest strengths was his ability to throw people out as they were going to steal second. Who knows if his arm will ever be the same. He is expected to have about a 9 month recovery. That should get him ready in time to get involved at Spring Training. It might not get him back in time to start the 2015 season, though.
The blow is even bigger for the Orioles who have struggled without him. Starting the season he was one of the team's biggest assets at the plate. The O's were 16-10 in games he started but just 17-23 without him. He's definitely going to be a big loss for Baltimore but hopefully he will come back next year better than ever.
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