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Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com tells us that Matt Wieters is on the DL due to issues with his elbow. What’s worse is that the team is not really sure just how long he’ll be out. They have seen Dr James Andrews and decided he doesn’t need surgery. But, they also leave room for the idea that if he doesn’t heal soon, surgery may be a very real possibility. If that is the case, he won’t be back until next season. Yikes! That does not help my fantasy team…at all.
The Orioles did get some good news with the return of Chris Davis. The big lefty spent some time on the DL dealing with his oblique. He’s off to a bit of a slow start and will need to tear it up if he is going to match his 2013 numbers. The O’s have already lost Manny Machado at the beginning of the season. With injuries to the players they depend on most, the Orioles will have a difficult time pulling away from the pack.
In another hopeful reclamation project (see Johan Santana) the O’s have signed Heath Bell to a minor league deal. While Santana is attempting to come back from injuries, Bell is attempting to come back from…not being effective.
This table shows just why the Tampa Bay Rays released him. Good luck, Baltimore. According to Robert Falkoff at MLB.com, Bell is still being paid by the Marlins, Rays and Diamondbacks. Showalter’s response to the signing? “He has to pass the physical.” Oh, snap!