Wieland latest injury setback for Padres starters

Wieland latest injury setback for Padres starters

SAN DIEGO -- Two days after pitcher Andrew Cashner left a start with a strained lat muscle, the Padres said that another starting pitcher, Joe Wieland, has had a setback in his recovery from a strained right elbow.

The Padres -- who currently have seven starting pitchers on the disabled list -- just can't seem to catch even the smallest of breaks when it comes to the health of their starters.

"It's frustrating," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Once you think you have things back on track and things look to be going in the right direction as far as guys rehabbing, getting Cash back, Joe was progressing, [then] to have a couple setbacks like we did ... it's frustrating."

Wieland had his throwing program halted recently when he complained of pain in his elbow. Wieland, who landed on the disabled list on May 7, had progressed to the point where he was throwing off of a mound. Now, he's been shut down indefinitely.

Cashner left his start on Tuesday in Arizona after two scoreless innings. He was placed on the disabled list on Wednesday. He'll have an MRI on Friday, though the team feels confident that his injury is nothing more than a lat strain and doesn't have anything to do with his shoulder.

Cashner joined Tim Stauffer, Dustin Moseley, Cory Luebke, Wieland, Eric Stults and Anthony Bass on the disabled list. All seven have made starts this season for the Padres.

"It's frustrating, because you want guys to pitch, and so do they," Black said. "Players want to play. It's frustrating in so many ways. At the same time, you're in this game a long time [and] you realize these things happen.

"We just hope that this is one of those years where the extraordinary amount of injuries ... it just can't happen again. It can't happen again next year."