Matt Wieters' shoulder nicked; he expects to be OK

August 23, 2012|By Dan Connolly

In the carnage that was the Orioles’ 12-3 loss to the Texas Rangerson Wednesday night, there was one moment that was particularly disconcerting.

In the second inning, All-Star catcher Matt Wieters was struck in his right shoulder joint by a foul tip.

Wieters said it hurt when it happened, but he stayed in the game. As the night progressed, he began to feel more discomfort.

“It was in a tough spot in the shoulder,” Wieters said. “It got a little tired as the game went on. I’m pretty sure it is just a bruise.”

Orioles manager Buck Showalter decided to remove Wieters for precautionary reasons in the seventh. Preliminary X-rays were negative – and the Orioles could breathe a little bit.

Wieters said he expects with some time off Thursday, he should be fine to play Friday’s opener against the Toronto Blue Jays.

“Get a little rest, it’s just something that got sore as the game went on,” he said. “I’m sure a good night’s sleep on it and a good day off and we’ll be good to go.”

Wieters, who was 2-for-18 on this road trip and is now batting .238 on the season, has played in 111 of the Orioles’ 124 games this season; that’s a whole lot for a catcher.

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