Padres righthander Joe Wieland, who entered camp as the organization’s No. 13 prospect, had Tommy John surgery in 2012 and, following a grueling 15-month rehab, anxiously awaited results of an MRI conducted on his elbow.
But late Monday, Padres general manager Josh Byrnes quelled fears of a second TJ surgery, telling reporters Wieland’s ulnar collateral ligament is not damaged.
Wieland will be evaluated again, Byrnes said, in 7-10 days.
But Wieland's MRI comes at a time when several pitchers have been diagnosed with a UCL tear for the second time in their careers.
Prior to spring training, the Padres announced Cory Luebke would need a second TJ surgery. On Monday, the Braves confirmed Kris Medlen would have a second ligament replacement surgery, while teammate Brandon Beachy appears headed for a second, and the Athletics’ Jarrod Parker will have a second ligament replacement surgery as well, the team confirmed Monday.
Additionally, Diamondbacks lefty Pat Corbin appears destined to have the procedure, albeit for a first time.
The 23-year-old Wieland was drafted by the Rangers out of a Reno, Nev., high school in 2008 and headed to the Padres at the 2011 trade deadline in the trade for Mike Adams. Wieland made his big league debut in 2012, but missed most of that season and all of 2013 before returning for the Arizona Fall League last November.
When healthy, he relies on precision over power, although his fastball can bump 94 mph with late life. He has allowed nine runs on 14 hits and six walks in seven innings this spring.