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Joe Wieland (elbow) has joined the Padres' Arizona League affiliate to begin a rehab assignment.

Wieland had Tommy John surgery in July 2012 and hasn't thrown a pitch in a major league game since. He could become an option for the Padres' rotation by the end of August, but the righty probably won't be a fantasy factor.

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Joe Wieland (elbow) was scheduled to play catch from 105 feet on Wednesday.

Wieland has been playing catch from 75 feet in recent weeks, so he's continuing to progress. He said he hopes to start a rehab stint by mid-June. A return to the Padres shortly after the All-Star break seems reasonable, given that timetable.

Joe Wieland SP SD 2 Months

Padres GM Josh Byrnes said Saturday that Joe Wieland (elbow) has begun playing catch from 75 feet.

Wieland was placed on the 60-day disabled list at the beginning of April after undergoing surgery on March 26 to repair an impingement and clear out loose bodies in his throwing elbow. The right-hander is aiming to return to live action before the All-Star break.

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Padres transferred RHP Joe Wieland from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move was made in order to clear room on the 40-man roster for the addition of Bobby LaFromboise. Wieland underwent surgery a week ago to remove scar tissue from his elbow and is hoping to return to the Padres before the All-Star break.

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Joe Wieland (elbow) could begin a throwing program within the next month.

Wieland underwent surgery a week ago to remove scar tissue from his elbow but has already begun range-of-motion exercises. The right-hander is hoping to return to the Padres before the All-Star break.

Joe Wieland SP SD 4 Months

Padres placed RHP Joe Wieland on the 15-day disabled list after undergoing surgery to correct loose bodies and an impingement in his right elbow.

Wieland had been in the running for the Padres' fifth starter job earlier this spring, but the surgery sidelines him until mid-season at the earliest. The 24-year-old could be a factor in the second half of the season.

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Joe Wieland underwent surgery Tuesday to correct loose bodies and an impingement in his right elbow.

The initial fear was that Wieland had damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, but the situation wasn't nearly as serious. Still, he's not expected to throw for six weeks and will likely be sidelined until around midseason.

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Joe Wieland (elbow) will undergo a surgical procedure to fix the irritation in his elbow and will be out until the All-Star break.

It's described as a relatively simple clean-up procedure and will be performed by Dr. Kremchek. Missing the first half of the season at a minimum, Wieland should no longer be an option in redraft leagues.

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Joe Wieland is scheduled to visit Dr. Kremchek this week about the pain he's having in his triceps area.

An MRI taken on Wieland this week revealed no damage to his UCL, which was a sigh of relief for the young right-hander, but they're still trying to determine the cause for his renewed soreness. He's likley to begin the season on the disabled list.

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An MRI taken Monday on Joe Wieland's sore right arm showed no UCL damage.

In other words, the young right-hander does not need a second Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. The Padres will reevaluate Wieland in about 10 days. He remains an attractive pitching prospect, but injuries have derailed his rise over the past couple of years.