PEORIA, Ariz. -- Pitcher Joe Wieland, who is recovering from reconstructive elbow surgery last year, will finally get to stand atop a mound on Monday.
"It's not going to be a bullpen and it's playing catch from 45 feet," Wieland said Tuesday. "It's not going to be that big of a deal; but at the same time it is."
Wieland, who had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last July, was recently moved to the 60-day disabled list to create room on the 40-man roster.
He's currently throwing at 150 feet and will have two more sessions from that length before getting on a mound for the first time since May 6, his last start with the Padres before he began to experience discomfort in the elbow.
In terms of his rehabilitation, Wieland couldn't be happier with his progress.
"I think it's gone as planned if not better," said Wieland, who was 0-4 with a 4.55 ERA in five starts. "I've had no pain, nothing that's even questionable. I feel great, feel strong."
Wieland has no doubt that he'll pitch in a game this season, even if it's September.
"The training staff has been great. They're keeping me on the right track," he said. "So as long as I keep listening to them, I should be ready to go."