Wieters' elbow injury a major concern 

May, 7, 2014
May 7
10:02
AM ET
The No. 2 catcher on the ESPN Fantasy Player Rater started at designated hitter for the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday, hitting a pair of singles in five at-bats and raising his batting average to an impressive .341. Then again, nobody knows when Matt Wieters will actually be back behind the plate due to a sore throwing elbow and potential UCL tear that will necessitate a trip to see the famed Dr. James Andrews, who seems to be performing a daily Tommy John surgery. In other words, after this pending appointment, Wieters’ future for the Orioles and fantasy owners is certainly fraught with peril because yes, non-pitchers occasionally need the surgery as well.

[+] EnlargeMatt Wieters
Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesMatt Wieters is finally living up to expectations this season, but could he be done for the year?


It would be quite a shame if Wieters saw his season end, because he’s on pace for his best numbers yet, not only with a batting average roughly 90 points above his career norm, but in terms of power as well. Wieters seemed a relative bargain in ESPN live drafts, going in the 16th round and ninth at his position, but remember there’s only one active catcher slot in standard formats. It’s not likely that the Orioles would continue to use him at DH, instead opting to get the elbow fixed. If Wieters needs only a short disabled list stint, the case can be made to wait for his return or to simply move on, drop him and find someone else. After all, Wieters is likely to see major batting average regression to start with, since his BABIP is really elevated and he’s drawing a walk per week. In multi-catcher formats, keep him owned if it’s only a DL stint, but it could be far worse.