Padres right-hander Joe Wieland underwent Tommy John elbow surgery in 2012, missing all of last season recovering, and now the 25-year-old is having more elbow problems that have everyone worried he may need another Tommy John surgery.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that Wieland is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam today and there’s “significant concern” within the organization that he has a torn ulnar collateral ligament.
San Diego already lost Cory Luebke to Tommy John surgery last month and we’ve basically been writing “Pitcher X needs Tommy John surgery” headlines all spring training.
Wieland was the Rangers’ fourth-round pick in the 2008 draft and came to the Padres in the mid-2011 trade for reliever Mike Adams.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.
The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.