Matt Wieters shut down from catching due to elbow tendinitis


Matt Wieters’ comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery has hit a snag, as the Orioles–after consulting with Dr. James Andrews–have shut him down from catching due to elbow tendinitis.

For now the team is saying it’s a precautionary move and manager Buck Showalter went so far as to insist it’s not even a setback for Wieters, but his Opening Day status is certainly in doubt.

Wieters is still cleared to serve as a designated hitter and may continue to get at-bats that way, but unless he can catch at least semi-regularly beginning the season on the disabled list seems likely.