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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Orioles Injury Update: Matt Wieters and Tommy Hunter both progressing well

By on 6/03/2014 08:30:00 PM

Orioles catchers Matt Wieters has been on the disabled list since May 11th with elbow pain.  The main concern with Wieters' injury has been the discomfort he has experienced while throwing.  He was able to DH for a few games before he was completely shut down in order to rest his elbow.  Wieters, the Orioles, and the Orioles fans dodged a huge bullet because it seems as though Wieters will not have to have surgery as long as he continues to progress in his recovery.  Wieters had his third throwing session, throwing a total of 30 throws, starting at 70 feet and progressing to over 90 feet, according to's Roch Kubatko.
Also, pitcher Tommy Hunter has also been progressing well in his recovery from a strained left groin that put him on the disabled list on May 22nd.  He threw a 25 pitch bullpen session today, after which he said he felt great and has not felt discomfort in five days.  The plan is for Hunter to take pitcher’s fielding practice (PFP) tomorrow then another bullpen session on Thursday.  He would have to pitch 1 or 2 rehab starts before being activated.
Wieters is leading the American League catchers in the All-Star Game voting.  He is currently batting .308 with five home runs and 18 RBIs in 26 games.  The Orioles will be glad to get his veteran knowledge back behind the plate.  Hunter has struggled lately as the Orioles closer with a 6.06 ERA.  The Orioles hope that he can perform better once he returns to the team.

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