Padres RHP Wieland to have Tommy John surgery

The Padres say right-handed pitcher Joe Wieland will have Tommy

John surgery on his right elbow.

Wieland has been on the disabled list since May 10 with the

injury and is expected to have the operation within a few

weeks.

Wieland had been rehabbing his elbow in Arizona and expected to

make a return later this month before he had a setback while

throwing off a bullpen mound. His elbow was then examined further

before the determination to have surgery was made.

”We think medically, he went through all the right processes to

get to this point,” manager Bud Black said. ”He was feeling good

along the way, he was throwing. I think it just got to the point

when the intensity picked up, the pain reoccurred.”

Wieland made his major league debut with the Padres on April 14

in Los Angeles and made five starts before being sidelined. He went

0-4 with a 4.55 ERA and became the second Padres starting pitcher

to require Tommy John surgery this season. Left-hander Cory Luebke

had the same surgery in May.