Monday, March 17, 2014

Padres Notes: No Tommy John Surgery for Wieland..Yet

The Padres have seemingly caught a break on the injury front. Sunday night, Yahoo! Sports writer Jeff Passan tweeted that Padres pitcher Joe Wieland was experiencing soreness in his elbow, and the worst case scenario would be a second Tommy John surgery. Well, as of now, surgery is not needed.

Padres beat writer Corey Brock reported today that Wieland will be shut down for "7-10 days" and that the inflammation is in a different area of the elbow.

Wieland wasn't going to make the Opening Day roster, healthy or not, but he is considered to be an important piece for the Padres going forward. Wieland made his big-league debut in 2012, but missed all of last season due to reconstructive elbow surgery. Wieland should start the year in AAA El Paso, but should pitch for the Padres in 2014, at some point.

Here are some other notes around Padresville:

  • Tyson Ross had a rough outing today, allowing 12 hits and 6 runs, in just 4.1 innings today. The Padres lost 9-7 to the Colorado Rockies. 
  • Xavier Nady hit his second homer of the spring in the loss. Nady is in camp on a minor league contract, however it doesn't seem likely that he will make the squad. He could accept an assignment to AAA, allowing him to remain in the organization. 
Also, former Padre pitcher Clayton Richard underwent a procedure for thoracic outlet syndrome last month, according to Scott Braun of MLB Network. The syndrome causes pain in the neck and shoulders, and often can led to surgery. The surgery often involves the removal of a rib. Richard remains unsigned. 

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