MLB notes: Orioles catcher Wieters has date with Dr. Andrews

Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters hits a sacrifice fly against the New York Yankees at Yankee...

Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters hits a sacrifice fly against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York, April 8, 2014. (USA Today)

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Matt Wieters, the out-of-action all-star catcher for the Baltimore Orioles, is scheduled to visit renowned surgeon James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla., next Monday, but it might not be as bad as it sounds.

"I think it probably hasn't progressed as quickly as Matt had hoped it would be," manager Buck Showalter said Monday. "There hasn't been any setbacks or anything. I think he just wants to get from Dr. Andrews where he thinks he is and let him see it again.

"I think it's something Matt would like to do just to make sure that he agrees with where he is and the way we're proceeding."

Exactly one month after Andrews picked up the irregularity in an MRI of his right elbow taken earlier as an aggravation of an old injury of the flexor mass -- perhaps from Wieters' time as a pitcher at Georgia Tech -- and suggested rest, is working slowly through a throwing program during his ongoing three-week shutdown period. With frustration mounting over his lack of progress, Wieters will return to Andrews to get medical advice on what direction he should take next, and the possibilities range from proceeding as planned to altering the program to surgery.

Wieters was second in the American League in batting at .341 when the injury first popped up but is down to .308 after struggling with the injury prior to being shut down. The 27-year-old Gold Glover and all-star has thrown out just one of 12 attempted basestealers this season after erasing 35% last season. He had allowed five steals against Minnesota in one series and first complained of soreness in mid-April.

Showalter said in May that he would like Wieters back by July 1.

TWINS SIGN FIRST PICK

The Minnesota Twins signed shortstop Nick Gordon, their top selection in the 2014 first-year draft, for $3.851 million.

The 18-year-old from Olympia High School in Orlando, Fla., was rated as the fifth-best prospect in the draft by MLB.com, as well as sixth-best prospect and as having the best infield arm in the 2014 draft by Baseball America.

A native of Windermere, Fla., Gordon is the son of three-time all-star right-handed pitcher Tom "Flash" Gordon and brother of current Dodgers infielder Dee Gordon.

The 6-foot-2, 170-pound left-handed hitting shortstop batted .494 with 10 doubles, two triples, five home runs, 27 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 99 plate appearances as a senior, and .505 with 15 doubles, six triples and 12 stolen bases as a junior.

In 2013, Gordon was named the Gatorade Florida Baseball Player of the Year and was named a Perfect Game All-American.

MACHADO APOLOGIZES

Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado apologized Monday for nearly sparking a brawl against the Oakland Athletics a day earlier.

Machado twice hit A's catcher Derek Norris with his backswing and, after Oakland tried unsuccessfully to plunk him as retaliation, threw his bat towards third base while swinging through a pitch. That caused the benches to empty and words to be hurled by both sides but a day later, Machado was apologetic.

"I want to apologize to all my teammates, my coaching staff, the entire Orioles organization, and Oakland and to my fans for the way I acted," Machado said. "That's not the way we play baseball around here."

The 21-year-old said hitting Norris was unintentional and apologized personally to the A's catcher.

Machado's follies with the A's actually started Friday, when he took exception to a hard tag by Oakland's Josh Donaldson. He appeared to throw his batting helmet at Donaldson, causing the two to jaw at each other and the benches to empty briefly.

BALFOUR OUT AS RAYS CLOSER

The Tampa Bay Rays dropped struggling reliever Grant Balfour from the closer's role and will go with a committee for the ninth inning.

Rays manager Joe Maddon said Monday he is making the move a day after Balfour gave up five runs with two outs and two strikes in the ninth inning of Sunday's 5-0 loss to the Seattle Mariners.

"It just hasn't worked out," Maddon said.

Balfour has converted nine of 11 save opportunities this season but is 0-2 with a 6.46 ERA and has walked 20 in 23 2/3 innings.

"I think I upset the baseball gods or did something wrong," Balfour said Sunday. "I've never given up five runs in my career in an inning and I've done it twice this year."

Maddon said that Balfour will likely get a chance to close later this season.

Jake McGee and Juan Carlos Oviedo are among the candidates to get ninth-inning duties.

BRIEFLY

The Colorado Rockies put outfielder Michael Cuddyer and pitcher Eddie Butler on the 15-day disabled list and designated reliever Wilton Lopez for assignment. Cuddyer and Butler are both dealing with shoulder issues ... Texas Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland won't have ankle reconstruction surgery but will have his os trigonum bone removed, according to MLB.com. He should be able to play in 2-4 weeks, rather than three months as expected ... The New York Mets expect start catching prospect Travis d-Arnaud to spend more than a few days in Las Vegas. D'Arnaud was demoted to triple-A after batting just. 180 in 39 games this season.


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