Padres rookie Joe Wieland to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Joe Wieland had a promising debut for the Padres, posting a 4.55 ERA and 24/9 K/BB ratio through five starts after coming over from the Rangers in last year’s Mike Adams trade, but the 22-year-old rookie hasn’t pitched since being shut down with elbow problems in early May.

And now he won’t pitch until at least the middle of next season, as Wieland is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery that will knock him out for 12 months.

Manager Bud Black told Jeff Sanders of the North County Times that the decision to have surgery came after Wieland tried to increase the intensity of his rehab program and the pain reoccurred.

According to Sanders he’ll go under the knife within a couple weeks and Dr. Lewis Yocum will do the honors.

Angels’ Pujols passes Mays for 5th on homer list with No. 661

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list, hitting No. 661 on Friday night against Texas.

The 40-year-old Pujols connected for a solo homer with two outs in the fifth inning. He sent Wes Benjamin‘s fastball on a 1-2 count over the wall in left field.

Pujols has hit five homers this season. He tied Mays last Sunday at Colorado.

It is only Pujols’ second home run since Aug. 4. He now trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).

Pujols has one more season left on his contract with the Angels after this year.

Benjamin was the 428th different pitcher Pujols homered against in his career. Only Bonds has homered against more pitchers (449).