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Joe Wieland may need another Tommy John surgery

Mar 17, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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Padres right-hander Joe Wieland underwent Tommy John elbow surgery in 2012, missing all of last season recovering, and now the 25-year-old is having more elbow problems that have everyone worried he may need another Tommy John surgery.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that Wieland is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam today and there’s “significant concern” within the organization that he has a torn ulnar collateral ligament.

San Diego already lost Cory Luebke to Tommy John surgery last month and we’ve basically been writing “Pitcher X needs Tommy John surgery” headlines all spring training.

Wieland was the Rangers’ fourth-round pick in the 2008 draft and came to the Padres in the mid-2011 trade for reliever Mike Adams.

  1. Charles Gates - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Tommy John surgery is the new black.

  2. icanspeel - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Did he go to the same Doctor as Cory Luebke? Serious question, since I know they had their surgeries around the same time. Either that, or something could be wrong with the rehab process.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 17, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      The way players have been coming back sooner and sooner, you have to wonder. Is he the 5th or 6th TJ2 we have heard about this spring?

      Medlen
      Beachy
      Leubke
      Griffin
      Corbin (maybe only his 1st?)
      Parker

      • ptfu - Mar 17, 2014 at 9:39 PM

        I hope the Padres are getting a 2 for 1 discount, or at least one of those “buy 9 and the 10th is free” punch cards.

        Any other Padres need to swap ligaments around? Step up and get it out of the way, because this $#!T is getting real old.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:42 AM

        They have Josh Johnson now, so they should be good in the health department.

  3. paperlions - Mar 17, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    I wonder if teams and players are getting a little to cavalier with rehab/recovery from TJS, not letting it heal enough before moving to the next stage of recovery and tearing the franken-ligament that was inserted in the elbow. Seems like a lot of guys doing back-to-back TJS because they were trying to gain a couple of months during recovery.

    • NatsLady - Mar 17, 2014 at 12:51 PM

      I wonder this too, especially after all the flack the Nats took for shutting down Stras in 2012. If the rehab period is, on average a year, and then for the season after that you are still in “recovery” then you have to figure it takes two years to return to form and take on a full workload. I’m thinking that’s how Wainwright did it.

      The other thing, though, is with TJ becoming SO common, you are going to find repeats more common also, and it may not be due to an abbreviated rehab process. Some pitchers go their entire career without TJ–how amazing is that?

  4. lukedunphysscienceproject - Mar 17, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    I raise a question at this point.

    In TJS, don’t they take a ligament out of your non-throwing elbow and put it in your throwing elbow? How many ligaments are there in an elbow to just keep moving them around and whatnot?

    Never let it be said that I was afraid to look stupid in the interest of science.

    • jwbiii - Mar 17, 2014 at 12:04 PM

      They can use a forearmligament from either arm, a patellar tendon, or harvest the tendon from a corpse.

      • NatsLady - Mar 17, 2014 at 12:52 PM

        If they get a tendon from someone other than the player himself, how is that not an artificial aid? Serious question.

      • vivabear - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        Because it’s organic?

    • paperlions - Mar 17, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      It looks like they can use a number of different tendons to replace that ligament, from the forearm, leg, or one even from a cadaver rather than the patient.

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