Wolf shelved for season, but Buck wants him to stick around for the ride

September 27, 2012|By Eduardo A. Encina | The Baltimore Sun

Orioles manager Buck Showalter held a team meeting before Wednesday’s 12-2 win over Toronto. Some of it was to go over some upcoming travel details, but Showalter also wanted to give special recognition to left-hander Randy Wolf, who was placed on the 60-day disabled list with an ulnar collateral tear in his left elbow.

“I wanted our club to hear, ‘He had an impact here,'” Showalter said “He got some big outs for us and pitched some innings we needed to be pitched well, and he's a pro.”

The 36-year-old Wolf, signed Aug. 31 to give the Orioles some left-handed bullpen depth and more recently two spot starts, has yet to decide whether he will have a second Tommy John surgery procedure.

Showalter formally welcomed Wolf to remain with the team throughout the rest of the season – and any postseason – even though it was unlikely Wolf would have made the postseason roster.

“Everything we looked into about fitting into what we think is a special fraternity in that clubhouse -- we're not just going to let anybody in -- but he impacted this club and he continues to by being in there tonight, and if he wants to continue to be with us, that's his call and I'll support that.”

Showalter wouldn’t reveal the results of an MRI performed Tuesday morning, saying discussion were needed with team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens and Dr. Lewis Yocum, who performed Wolf’s first Tommy John surgery in 2005.

Showalter said there was some possibility that Wolf could have pitched this season with an injection, but all parties agreed that shutting Wolf down was the best option.

“I told him the only way I'd ethically use him is if I knew for sure that he couldn't hurt it any worse and it would be if we were a big margin behind,” Showalter said. “I just wanted to be frank with him. I don't want to put his arm and his future and his day-to-day life in any jeopardy. So far they're saying that couldn't happen, but I'm not sure what kind of guy we'd get back with that, and the last thing we're going to do is start sticking needles in there and doing things that aren't right."

Wolf felt pain in the elbow in the final inning of his five-inning outing in Boston, a game the Orioles later went on to win 9-6 in 12 innings. Wolf allowed three runs over seven hits over five innings.

Wolf has a 132-117 record and 4.20 ERA in his 14-year major league career. He was 2-0 with a 5.28 ERA in five Orioles appearances, including two starts.
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