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Orioles catcher has elbow blues

May 8, 2014
The Altoona Mirror

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters was out of the starting lineup Wednesday night after making a trip to have his sore right elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews.

Wieters flew from Tampa to Pensacola earlier in the day for the exam and rejoined the Orioles for the game against Tampa Bay.

While it was determined that Wieters would avoid the disabled list, he will likely be limited to designated hitter duty for a period of time.

"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 the switch-hitting Wieters for the past couple of weeks. He went 2 for 5 as the DH in Tuesday night's 5-3 win over the Rays.

Wieters called the test results a good thing.

"Anytime it's a positive outlook to where we definitely see getting back on the field sooner rather than later," said Wieters, who arrived at Tropicana Field about 90 minutes before gametime.

Elsewhere:

n Brewers slugger Ryan Braun should be ready to return from a right oblique strain in time for next week's series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The outfielder hasn't played since April 26. Braun was hitting .318 with six homers and 18 RBIs when he was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 3.

Braun took batting practice before the team's game Wednesday afternoon against Arizona. Manager Ron Roenicke says Braun should be ready when eligible to play his next game, Tuesday against NL Central-rival Pittsburgh.

n Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado tied the team record with a 27-game hitting streak in the team's win over Texas Wednesday night.

Arenado needed little time to extend his string. He hit a two-run double in the first inning to equal teammate Michael Cuddyer's 27-game streak from last season.

Arenado's streak is the longest for anyone 23 years or younger since Albert Pujols had a 30-gamer in 2003 when he was 23.

The streak for Arenado began April 9, a week before his 23rd birthday. According to Elias, his streak is the longest that began when a player was 22 or younger since Benito Santiago's 34-game hitting streak in 1987, which is still a major league rookie record.

n The Chicago Cubs have placed reliever Pedro Strop on the 15-day disabled list with a moderate left groin strain. Strop had an MRI on Wednesday. He is 0-2 with a 4.97 ERA in 15 appearances this season. The Cubs also recalled left-hander Zac Rosscup from Triple-A Iowa.

n Indians center fielder and leadoff hitter Michael Bourn, who is out for the fourth straight game because of a tight left hamstring, said he could return to the lineup today. Bourn ran the bases and took batting practice before Cleveland played the Twins on Wednesday.

 
 
 

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