Per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Matt Wieters will visit Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday to have his sore elbow examined.
Sources: Orioles C Matt Wieters to visit Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday for examination on elbow soreness. Worst-case scenario is UCL tear.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 6, 2014
While we have heard a bit about Wieters' sore elbow this season, it was never mentioned as being possibly this serious before. It could help explain why he has gotten so many more days off this season than last, though. His elbow seemingly hasn't affected his hitting, and in fact he's serving as the designated hitter tonight.
It's always a little terrifying to hear that one of the players on your team of choice is headed to see Dr. James Andrews, and in the case of Wieters who is one of the few Orioles hitters who is contributing to the offense this season, an injury that sidelines him for an extended period would be a huge blow to the team.
I'm the first to admit that I don't know the specific treatment for a torn UCL for non-pitchers, but according to the Johns Hopkins Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, surgery will most likely be required in the event of a tear. Based on their description of the recovery, if that's the case I think we can say goodbye to Matt Wieters for the rest of the season.
So let's all cross our fingers that it's not that.