Orioles catcher Matt Wieters will begin the second half of the 2010 season on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring in a injury he suffered in last Friday’s game against the Texas Rangers. The injury occurred in the Orioles marathon victory over Texas in a game that started 2 and a half hours later than scheduled and went into the wee hours of the night when Corey Patterson tied the game with a grand slam in the top of the 9th.
Conditions were sloppy in the game that Texas Rangers President Nolan Ryan convinced the umpire crew to play despite a 100% chance of rain the entire night. The plan backfired on Ryan as the O’s walked away with the victory, but unfortunately for them Wieters walked away with a sore right hammy.
This injury is similar to one that he suffered in the minor leagues last season, but was able to rehab with a week off. Unfortunately that isn’t the case this year. The O’s were hoping that having Saturday and Sunday off as well as the four game All-Star break would be enough time for Wieters to get back to 100 percent, but now the club won’t see their young catcher until at least July 25th.
Wieters has played in 77 games this season, which begs the question “have the O’s over-worked him this year?”
My answer would be “no” that this sort of thing is a result of a poor decision to play a game that should have been canceled. But it’s tough to say that considering the O’s put together arguably their best win of the season last Friday. What do you think?