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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Padres Injury Update: Joe Wieland makes return after long absence

By on 9/07/2014 06:30:00 AM

The San Diego Padres entered Saturday night's game with a record of 66-74, well off the pace in the National League West and in the wild card race. Although out of the playoff race, there was some good news on Saturday, as pitcher Joe Wieland returned to the mound for the Padres for the first time in nearly two and a half years.

As reported by Adam Lichtenstein of, Wieland had Tommy John surgery in July 2012 and has been working his way back ever since. Wieland was excited at the opportunity to get back on the mound.
"It's something I've been dreaming about the last two and a half years. I don't necessarily think it's going to feel like my [Major League] debut, but I can tell you it's going to be about as close as you can get. Two and a half years is a long time. There were a lot of times I thought, especially this year, where I lost a lot of sleep thinking I might not make it back ever."
Wieland struggled in his outing, allowing four earned runs on seven hits, including two home runs. He walked two and struck out one. Of the 66 pitches he threw, 39 of them were for strikes.

Wieland made his Major League debut on April 14, 2012 and went 0-4 with a 4.55 ERA in five starts before suffering the injury that lead to his Tommy John surgery.  He is 2-3 with a 3.03 ERA in 38 2/3 innings in the minor leagues this season. In 95 career minor league games, Wieland is 35-22 with a 3.27 ERA.

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