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MRI on Joe Wieland’s elbow does not show damage to ulnar collateral ligament

Mar 17, 2014, 11:45 PM EDT

Joe Wieland AP

You guys aren’t going to believe this, but here’s some good news about an injured starting pitcher.

While Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reported late last night that the Padres were fearful that right-hander Joe Wieland would require a second Tommy John surgery, general manager Josh Byrnes told Jeff Sanders of U-T San Diego this evening that an MRI did not show damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.

Byrnes declined to say exactly what the MRI showed, but it’s worth noting that Wieland suffered a stress reaction in his elbow and dealt with a triceps issue last year while rehabbing from his July 2012 Tommy John surgery. The Padres are expected to know more about his status in seven to 10 days, but it sounds like the worst-case scenario can be ruled out.

If there’s any team that deserves some good luck on the injury front for once, it’s the Padres.

  1. nymets4ever - Mar 18, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    that’s good :)

  2. gloccamorra - Mar 18, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Yup, it’s always good when you don’t need a second TJ before you ever got into a major league game after the first. The Padres WERE at bit snakebitten on TJ surgery and other injuries the last two years: Luebke twice, Wieland once, Kelly, Oramas, Marquis last year along with minor league outfielder Liriano, shoulder surgery for Richard last year, shoulder surgery for Moseley in 2012, forearm surgery for Stauffer in 2012, and Josh Johnson had forearm surgery in 2013 just before he signed with the Padres.

    And that’s just the pitchers! Last year was knee surgery for Headley, ACL knee surgery for catcher Grandal, Meniscus knee surgery #3 for Quentin, and knee AND wrist surgery last year for Maybin. Alonso’s hand broken by a pitch, costing him 2 months, didn’t require surgery, and nothing but a month off could fix Gyorko’s groin strain last year.

    Bud Black should get an award for winning 76 games the last two years with scrubs and subs.

  3. icanspeel - Mar 18, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Is it me, or does that pic of him make your elbow hurt?

    • gloccamorra - Mar 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM

      Elbows and knees are not pretty body parts.

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