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Wieland, Owings still mulling surgery options

Wieland, Owings still mulling surgery options

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Wieland, Owings still mulling surgery options
SAN DIEGO -- Starter Joe Wieland (right elbow) and pitcher-to-hitter convert Micah Owings (right forearm) are each still considering surgery.

Both were expected to make decisions on their respective procedures Monday, but Padres manager Bud Black said neither had made a decision prior to Monday night's game.

"Joe is still coming to a conclusion," Black said of the 22-year-old right-hander. "Saw Joe today, no word, talked to [Padres GM] Josh [Byrnes], talked to our medical guys ... no word. Same with Micah ... nothing yet."

Wieland, who was 0-4 in five early-season starts with the Padres, landed on the disabled list on May 10 with a strained right elbow. His rehab has since been interrupted multiple times, most recently when he felt a pop after throwing a curveball in a bullpen session this month.

Owings has been plagued by a right forearm injury since late April, when he was placed on the 15-day disabled list. He has since been moved to the 60-day disabled list, and while he is not cleared to pitch because of the injury, the 29-year-old was hopeful he could make it back to the Padres as a hitter at some point this season. Though he sports a 32-33 record and 3.86 ERA in 138 big league appearances as a pitcher, he is also owns a .283 batting averages in 219 Major League at-bats with nine home runs.

Owings was set to report to Triple-A Tucson this weekend to make some rehab appearances as a hitter in left field or at first base, but he suffered a setback just prior to the trip and is now weighing season-ending surgery on the forearm.

Decisions from both are expected in the next few days, according to Black.

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