Wieland Experiences Elbow Soreness
The bad luck continues for San Diego Padres pitchers. On Saturday, Joe Wieland made his first spring start and 4th spring appearance with the Padres. The results weren’t great – he allowed 5 runs over less than 3 innings. However, the aftermath of the start was worse.
Following his start, Wieland experienced elbow pain, and, according to Jeff Passan, there is “Significant concern in the Padres organization over RHP Joe Wieland’s sore elbow. MRI scheduled Monday. Worst-case scenario: another torn UCL.”
If Wieland has indeed torn his UCL that could mean a second Tommy John surgery, which would likely result in him joining Cory Luebke on the DL for the 2014 season. Both Wieland and Luebke were expected to contribute and make their first major league appearances since early 2012 for the Padres this season, but there is now a significant chance that we won’t see either of them until 2015.