Wieland nears decision on possible elbow surgery

Wieland nears decision on possible elbow surgery

LOS ANGELES -- Pitcher Joe Wieland, on the disabled list since May 7 because of a strained right elbow, is close to knowing if the injury will require season-ending surgery or if he'll continue his rehabilitation.

Wieland spoke with team doctor Heinz Hoenecke on Friday and said that he will meet with members of the front office and, likely, trainer Todd Hutcheson on Monday when the team returns to San Diego. At that point, a decision will be made on the elbow.

"We're still kind of figuring it out," Wieland said.

One thing is certain, though: Wieland is beyond frustrated with the injury.

Wieland said he was making inroads to returning to the mound during the first week of the month when he felt a pop in his elbow after throwing a curveball at the team's Spring Training facility in Arizona.

"It was one pitch," Wieland said Friday. "It popped and I felt it. It was around the 26th or 27th pitch of my second bullpen [session]. It was like nothing I have felt before. Everything was great up until that point."

Wieland, who is one of seven starting pitchers on the DL, was 0-4 with a 4.55 ERA in five starts before the injury. He was initially placed on the 15-day DL and was later moved to the 60-day DL.