When you see a starting pitcher throw only two innings in a start, there aren't a whole lot of reasons that are good news for the pitcher. It could be because he was injured, or because he was shelled.
But in Tucson RHP Joe Wieland's case on Tuesday night, it was because he got the news every minor leaguer dreams of hearing. After the second inning of last night's start at home against Sacramento, Wieland was told that he's headed to San Diego. In Wieland's first two Triple-A starts, he was 0-1, 3.52 with 11 strikeouts and two walks in 7 2/3 innings.
"Greatest day of my life! My dream has finally come true!!! God is great!!!!" Wieland tweeted after getting the news.
Wieland and lefthander Robbie Erlin were the Padres' pickups in last summer's trade that sent Mike Adams to the Rangers. Wieland doesn't have overpowering stuff, but he throws strikes, can use any of his four pitches (fastball, curve, change and slider) at any point in the count and he holds runners extremely well.
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