The 27-year-old Wieters has been dealing with a strained right elbow for the last few weeks. He recently has been limited to designated hitter duties but the good news is that he not need surgery following a visit to Dr. James Andrews.
Wieters and the Orioles believe the catcher could return as soon as his 15 days are up. Steve Clevenger figures to draw most of the starts behind the plate in Wieters absence.
Speaking to the Baltimore Sun, Wieters said the decision to go on the DL was to get him back behind the plate.
“Ultimately, it was what’s going to get me back catching as quick as possible. And we just kind of felt letting it completely rest as opposed to try and get through swings and kind of get half-ready every day. It may have actually been slowing us down a little bit to where we’ll now let it completely rest and, hopefully, be able to get back to catching even sooner.”