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By Dan Connolly | May 2, 2012
Orioles have made official what we all expected for more than a week now. Lefty Tsuyoshi Wada will have season-ending, Tommy John surgery on May 11 in Los Angeles. “I am very disappointed," Wada said. "I will work hard for the rehab and try to recover to be as strong as I can to help the team win. I appreciate the support from the  Orioles through this process.”  Dr. Lewis Yocum, who took bone spurs out of the Japanese lefty's elbow in 2007, will perform the surgery.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2014
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters still has his right arm in a metal splint after season-ending Tommy John surgery last month. And while he returned to the team for the first time Thursday since surgery, Wieters said he expects to be around the team, and have the splint off, when he rejoins the team for good after the Orioles' West Coast trip following the All-Star break. Before Friday's game, Wieters talked about being back with his teammates, making the All-Star Game and his rehabilitation.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2012
Injured Orioles left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada is still holding out hope for better news, but one of the team's top offseason acquisitions might need Tommy John surgery to repair his left elbow, he told reporters through his interpreter before Thursday's game. Wada has already seen Orioles team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens but is planning to fly to Los Angeles this weekend to see Dr. Lewis Yocum for a second opinion on his elbow. Yocum knows Wada well. He performed his physical before the Orioles signed Wada to a two-year, $8.14 million contract and also removed chips from his elbow in 2007.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2014
In his first start at High-A Frederick, top Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy had his rockiest outing since returning to minor league action. Bundy allowed three runs on four hits -  three of them singles -  in 4 2/3 innings , recording three strikeouts and two walks. It was the first time in four minor league starts that Bundy, who has been held to a pitch count, did not go five full innings. The 21-year-old Bundy, recovering from Tommy John surgery last June, was 0-1 with a 0.60 ERA at short-season Single-A Aberdeen, allowing 10 hits in 15 innings with 22 strikeouts and three walks.  eencina@baltsun.com twitter.com/EddieInTheYard
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By Mark Whicker, Orange County Register | July 24, 2012
PASADENA, Calif. — His career is dwarfed by his incision. "It's the ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction while using the Palmaris longus tendon," he said. "That's why they call it Tommy John surgery. " But it is actually the Frank Jobe surgery. The Dodgers' orthopedist performed the first one in 1974 on John, who recovered to win 20 or more games in three different seasons. He went 6-3 with a 2.65 ERA in 14 playoff games. The career that was supposed to end with one faulty pitch on July 17, 1974, wound up lasting 26 years, one short of the all-time record.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2012
Veteran left-hander Randy Wolf, who appeared in five games with the Orioles at the end of this season, will have Tommy John surgery on his left elbow next week and will miss all of 2013. The 36-year-old said in an email Tuesday that this does not mean his career is over. “I won't be able to pitch until 2014, and yes, I will pitch in 2014,” Wolf wrote. Dr. Lewis Yocum, the Los Angeles Angels team doctor who performed the same procedure on Wolf in 2005, will operate on him Oct. 30 in Los Angeles, Wolf said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- In recent days, the Orioles feared that the possibility of losing catcher Matt Wieters for the season was becoming closer to reality. Still, the club clung to any shred of optimism that the two-time All-Star and two-time American League Gold Glove winner would be able to help down the stretch. Any hope of that was extinguished Monday after his follow-up visit to renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla. Wieters will have Tommy John elbow ligament reconstruction surgery Tuesday at noon, performed by Andrews, that will end his season.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2012
Injured Orioles left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada is still holding out hope for better news, but one of the team's biggest offseason investments might need Tommy John surgery to repair his left elbow, he said before Thursday's game. Wada has already seen Orioles team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens but is planning to fly to Los Angeles this weekend to see Dr. Lewis Yocum for a second opinion on his elbow. "[My] elbow is feeling better compared to last time I pitched, but the results of the MRI was not so good as I thought it would be," Wada said through interpreter Seob Yoon . "So I'm going to get a second opinion, see [what]
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada has overcome a significant hurdle in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Manager Buck Showalter said Thursday that Wada has completed the rehab portion of his return and will now work toward getting game ready. “Now he's going to progress to baseball function ability,” Showalter said after watching Wada throw a bullpen session on Thursday morning. “The breaking ball is going to start. It's exciting watching him throw.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 13, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The pain in Dylan Bundy's electric right arm is gone. It's the 21-year-old phenom's first victory of 2014. Bundy's rehabilitation from elbow ligament reconstruction surgery last summer has been a tedious climb full of small steps, but the Orioles' pitching prospect has learned the value of patience. Sixteen months ago, when he made his major league debut, Bundy was on the fast track. But he hasn't pitched in a regular season game at any level since Sept. 25, 2012, the second of his two appearances with the Orioles following a call-up that month to end his first professional season.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2014
The plan was for top Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy to pitch Friday night at short-season Single-A Aberdeen before being re-evaluated and potentially sent elsewhere. After his third straight dominant performance for the IronBirds, it's fairly apparent that Bundy will be moving on up for his next game action, most likely to Double-A Bowie. On Friday, Bundy threw five scoreless innings against Hudson Valley, allowing just three hits, two walks and a wild pitch while striking out seven batters.
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By Jonas Shaffer and The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2014
Mount St. Joseph graduate and Atlanta Braves right-hander Gavin Floyd was pitching just fine Thursday night, until his right elbow sprouted something. Gavin Floyd's elbow ¿¿¿¿ pic.twitter.com/Tajqc1mRAW - Jake Rogers (@TheRealJakeR) June 20, 2014 This is the same elbow Floyd had Tommy John surgery on last year. The diagnosis, apparently, is a fractured olecranon , a funny word that I gather is used to describe the bony tip of the elbow. He could miss the rest of the season.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Catcher Matt Wieters said Wednesday that it seemed inevitable that he would need season-ending elbow surgery shortly after he resumed throwing less than three weeks ago. He also said it was important to undergo the procedure immediately in order to have the best chance of being ready for Opening Day next season. Wieters, who had Tommy John elbow ligament reconstruction surgery Tuesday, said he felt good a day after the procedure and is looking forward to beginning the rehabilitation process quickly to ensure that he's back for the beginning of the 2015 season.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy will make two more starts for short-season Single-A Aberdeen before he is re-evaulated and could join a higher minor league affiliate. Making his way back from Tommy John surgery last June, Bundy allowed one run with six strikeouts and no walks in five innings during his first start for the IronBirds on Sunday. The right-hander's next start is scheduled for Saturday at Ripken Stadium against Brooklyn. eencina@baltsun.com twitter.com/EddieInTheYard
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Designated hitter  Nelson Cruz  and catcher  Matt Wieters  remain the leading American League vote-getters at their respective positions in All-Star Game fan balloting released Monday night. Cruz (1,792,432) continued to lead the Boston Red Sox's  David Ortiz  (1,316,921), while Wieters, who will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery Tuesday, leads New York Yankees catcher  Brian McCann , 1,488,884 votes to 1,075,210.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2014
Everyone who was hoping against hope that Matt Wieters could avoid Tommy John surgery was just whistling through the graveyard. Once it became known that his elbow soreness was persisting and he would see Dr. James Andrews for a second visit, it was pretty obvious that his season was over. It's a big setback for the Orioles, but they wouldn't have traded for Nick Hundley if they weren't pretty sure they were going to need a long-term solution when Wieters came up sore. If there is a surprise, it's the way Caleb Joseph has stepped up to provide a very solid defensive option for the club behind the plate.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2013
The Orioles have some interest in Chicago White Sox free-agent right-hander Gavin Floyd and have been monitoring his progress as he recovers from elbow surgery, according to industry sources. Floyd, 30, who starred at Mount St. Joseph before being selected by the Philadelphia Phillies with the fourth overall pick in the 2001 amateur draft, underwent Tommy John surgery in May, when he also had a torn flexor tendon repaired. His agent, Michael Moye, told MLBTradeRumors.com that Floyd has been throwing long toss at 180 feet and could begin a mound progression in early December with hopes that he can be ready by, or near, Opening Day. An Orioles representative has periodically kept tabs on the progress of Floyd, whom they have liked since he was a Baltimore prep standout.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2012
Logan Dubbe underwent Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow in October of 2010. The Glenelg junior returned to the outfield last season, but it wasn't until this spring that he was able to get back on the mound for the No. 3 Gladiators. Dubbe hasn't shown much rust, winning his first three decisions without allowing an earned run before suffering a 2-0 loss to No. 10 Reservoir on Monday. The right-hander's ERA has climbed slightly, to 0.26, but he isn't complaining. His recovery from the elbow injury that used to almost guarantee the end of a pitching career has been remarkable.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- In recent days, the Orioles feared that the possibility of losing catcher Matt Wieters for the season was becoming closer to reality. Still, the club clung to any shred of optimism that the two-time All-Star and two-time American League Gold Glove winner would be able to help down the stretch. Any hope of that was extinguished Monday after his follow-up visit to renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla. Wieters will have Tommy John elbow ligament reconstruction surgery Tuesday at noon, performed by Andrews, that will end his season.
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