San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joe Wieland made his Major League Baseball debut last season. Unfortunately, the right-hander was forced to undergo Tommy John Surgery on July 27. However, the good news is Wieland is inching closer to making his 2013 debut.
Wieland went 0-4 with a 4.55 earned run average and 24 strikeouts in five starts in 2012. Even though the 23-year-old did not pitch at a high level last season, he still showed promise in his starts.
The Nevada native made significant progress on Friday in which he tossed 100 pitches off the mound, something that he has not been able to accomplish up to this point.
“My spirits, my enthusiasm [Friday] … it’s the best day I’ve had,” Wieland told Padres.com. “Strength, health, I feel that I’m close to 100 percent of how I should be feeling.”
Wieland has not made that many throws in quite some time, even with taking rests in between. Even though he was not throwing 100 percent for a majority of the time, it is good to know that he is capable of sustaining a long period on the mound without any issues.
“That was a lot of throws … that’s not something you do, even when you’re healthy,” Wieland said, according to Padres.com. “I have to control myself a little because within the last two weeks, I’ve really turned a corner and gotten to the point where I’m not feeling any pain at all.”
The next step is for Wieland to eventually appear in a rehab assignment in the minors. However, there is no time table set for when that might occur. San Diego believes they will have a better idea within the next few weeks after Wieland does some more work on the mound.