PEORIA, Ariz. -- Imagine Joe Wieland's surprise on Monday when his girlfriend informed him that he was likely headed for a second Tommy John surgery, based on reports she read online.
"I know everyone kind of jumped the gun, thinking 'Here goes Tommy John No. 2,' but there was never a point where I thought something was wrong with the ligament," Wieland said.
Wieland was in San Diego on Monday to have an MRI on his sore right elbow, though the soreness was more in the triceps area than the actual ligament that he had replaced in July 2012.
The MRI showed a clean elbow, though the Padres will shut down the right-hander for a period of seven to 10 days to rest before he resumes throwing. Wieland said the team doctor told him his MRI "looked clean," and that there was some posterior impingement. He received a cortisone shot.
"We were never going in there to get that [ligament] checked out," Wieland said. "Fortunately, through this process, I haven't had any pain or problems with the ligament. It's been the triceps tendon."
Wieland has been told by the training staff that after resting the elbow he could resume pitching as soon as Saturday.
Wieland has appeared in four games this spring, allowing nine earned runs over seven innings -- including five earned runs in 2 1/3 innings on Saturday against the Dodgers in Glendale. It was during that outing that he felt soreness in the elbow.
"The second inning was the first time that I felt it all spring," Wieland said. "The triceps muscle started to ache in the third inning. It didn't allow me to get out front. Everything was up. The longer that I held onto the ball, the more the muscle ached."
Wieland, projected to open the season in the starting rotation for Triple-A El Paso, is already looking forward to getting back on the mound.
"Hopefully this time the cortisone shot knocks it out and at this time next week we're ready to go," Wieland said.
Headley to make spring debut in Minors game
PEORIA, Ariz. -- For the first time this spring, third baseman Chase Headley will take part in a game on Wednesday.
Headley, who strained his right calf on Feb. 22, doesn't care that the game is a Minor League game, while the rest of his teammates enjoy their only day off of the spring.
Headley just wants to play.
"It's just being back with your teammates again ... you see them working out there every day and you want to feel like you're a part of that," Headley said. "When you're not playing, it's hard to feel like you're part of the team."
Headley said he hopes to bat upwards of six times in the Minor League game in Peoria, which is free to the public and begins at 1 p.m. PT.
"I'm going to try and get in a fairly decent workload over there," Headley said.
If all goes well on Wednesday, Headley could make his Cactus League debut against the Giants at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday.
Headley sustained the injury during an infield drill last month. He and the team have taken the cautious route, not rushing him back. Headley has previously stated he only needs 15 to 20 at-bats from each side of the plate before he's ready for the first game of the season on March 30 against the Dodgers.
"He feels ready for this," said Padres manager Bud Black. "He's ready to go, he's anxious."
• Pitcher Eric Stults, projected to be the No. 5 starter, will pitch in a Minor League game on Wednesday, as the Padres get their first and only day off of the spring. The game will be played on the Minor League fields in Peoria at 1 p.m. PT.
• While outfielder Alex Dickerson (severe left ankle sprain) is out indefinitely, reliever Blaine Boyer, who was hit in the left foot with a line drive on Sunday, told Black that he wants to pitch again -- and very soon. "He wants to pitch ... he wants to make the team," Black said of Boyer, a non-roster invitee.