BALTIMORE -- A day after revealing he's set to meet with Dr. James Andrews next week, Matt Wieters stopped by the Orioles' clubhouse and discussed his decision to meet with the noted orthopedic surgeon.
"The elbow just wasn't quite discomfort-free," Wieters said. "It was something where we were hoping it would be a little further along at this point, and at this point in the year we want to make sure that we get the best eyes on it and be able to have him look at it and be able to make a decision when he sees it."
Wieters, on the 15-day disabled list, will head down to Gulf Breeze, Fla., on Monday to get another opinion from Andrews as he aims to return from a right elbow strain that has kept him out since May 11.
Until then, Wieters is sticking with his plan of throwing every other day unless he's told otherwise.
"Because if he says, 'Keep going with it,'" Wieters said, "we want to be right back on schedule."
Like manager Buck Showalter a day earlier, Wieters also didn't rule out the potential of surgery, and the All-Star said a decision could come as soon as Monday. If Andrew recommends surgery, then Wieters would want to move quickly on it.
"If we do decide that that's the route to go," Wieters said, "then the quicker the better, obviously."
Wieters also echoed Showalter on the July 1 date that had been suggested for a potential return. While not set in stone, it's a date by which Wieters and the O's would have to seriously consider season-ending surgery for the switch-hitting catcher.
At that point, if Wieters hasn't progressed to the point where he could return in 2014, the Orioles would move ahead with the plan for surgery.
"If it's not looking promising for this year, we just want to make sure we do everything we can to have a full year next year, if it comes to that," Wieters said.
Hot-hitting Jones remains at designated hitter
BALTIMORE -- For the second straight day -- and in the midst of his hottest stretch of the season -- Adam Jones served as the designated hitter and batted third for the Orioles on Tuesday against the Red Sox.
Jones went 3-for-4 with a home run during the O's 4-0 win over the Red Sox on Monday as the DH, which is where he'll remain as he continues to battle a heel injury.
"Just let my legs heal and get some rest," Jones said. "I think Nick Markakis and I are going to be able to DH a little bit more this year. Let our legs heal and be ready for that September [push]."
Monday was just the second time this season that Jones had served as the DH. As of now, there isn't a plan in place for him to have any X-rays, but if the "general soreness" hasn't significantly improved by the end of this homestead, manager Buck Showalter said that would be the next step for Jones.
"I knew when he didn't completely fight me yesterday, it was bothering him," Showalter said. "It's just when he [decelerates] -- anybody who has done a lot of running, which I haven't, knows what I'm talking about."
Jones' three-hit effort on Monday brought his bating average for the season up to .305, and his slash line for June to .455/.457/.848. The home run was his fourth in seven days.
Showalter expects Jones to return to center field on Wednesday.
"He didn't do a very good job of staying off of it, because he got on base so much last night," Showalter said.
O's to host 5K walk for lung cancer awareness
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles will host the LUNGevity Foundation's Breathe Deep Baltimore 5K walk on Sept. 20 to raise funds and awareness for lung cancer in memory of Monica Pence Barlow, the O's late public relations director.
Barlow, who passed away from lung cancer in February, was a member of the organization for 14 years and spent the previous 4 1/2 years as an active advocate of LUNGevity.
The 5K walk will begin at 9 a.m. ET and conclude on the field at Camden Yards. Registration begins at 7 a.m., and participants will receive a T-shirt and refreshments. Registration fees are $25 for adults, $20 for lung-cancer survivors, $15 for students and seniors, and $10 for youth. There is no race fee for children 4 and under.
Fans can register online now at www.orioles.com/lungevity. The first 500 registrants will receive a ticket to the Orioles 7:05 p.m. game that night vs. the Boston Red Sox.
All proceeds will benefit the LUNGevity Foundation, a non-profit committed to making an immediate impact on increasing the quality of life and survivorship of people with lung cancer by accelerating research into early detection and more effective treatments, as well as providing community, support and education for all those affected by the disease.
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has also pledged to donate $100 to LUNGevity Foundation in Monica's honor for every home run he hits this season.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. David Wilson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.