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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Orioles Injury Update: Matt Wieters, Manny Machado

By on 11/13/2014 11:00:00 AM

The Baltimore Orioles had a very successful 2014 season in which they won 96 games before being swept by the Kansas City Royals in the ALDS. Manager Buck Showalter received AL Manager of the Year honors. Looking to build upon their success next season, the Orioles look to be healthy come spring training. There is good news on the injury front, as Matt Wieters and Manny Machado are both progressing in their recovery from injuries.

As reported by Roch Kubatko of, Wieters had his right elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews and things went well as he continues his rehab.  Wieters underwent elbow surgery on June 17 and the Orioles remain positive that he will be ready for opening day next season.

Wieters was selected by the Orioles fifth overall in the 2007 draft.  The two-time All Star and two-time Gold Glove Award winner batted .235 with 22 home runs and 79 RBI last season. In 26 games this season, he is batting .308 with five home runs and 18 RBI. Wieters is a career .257 hitter with 92 home runs and 346 RBI.

As for Machado, who is recovering from surgery in August to repair a torn ligament in his right knee, he's been fielding ground balls.  As with Wieters, Machado is expected to be ready for spring training.

Machado hit .278 with 12 home runs and 32 RBI in 82 games this past season. The 22-year old shortstop hit .283 with 14 home runs and 71 RBI in 156 games in 2013. He's a career .278 hitter with 33 home runs and 129 RBI in 289 games. 

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