Luebke, Wieland prepared for long road to recovery

Luebke, Wieland prepared for long road to recovery

SAN DIEGO -- Rehabilitation from major surgery can be a slow, tedious and monotonous process, but at least now, Padres pitcher Cory Luebke has a date on the calendar worth circling.

"The first of November, I can start throwing the ball around," Luebke said Tuesday.

Luebke, who was being counted on to be a steady force in the rotation this season, is approaching the four-month anniversary of the surgery he had to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.

"It's the little things that keep things from getting too stale," Luebke said.

Luebke said he's been doing some light work with weights without many restrictions. He'll continue his rehabilitation here in San Diego in the offseason, after closing on a house last week.

Right-handed pitcher Joe Wieland, who had the same surgery in July, recently began to incorporate the use of tubing in his rehabilitation program to promote flexibility and stretching.

Wieland is expecting to be able to throw a baseball -- playing catch, no more -- right about the first of the year. For now, like Luebke, he's setting his sights on the small victories.

"Next week, I can start jogging," said Wieland, who admitted he's never looked forward to jogging as much as he does now.

Both players won't be ready for the start of Spring Training in February or the regular season on April 1, but figure to pitch sometime during the 2013 season.