MIAMI -- Padres right-hander Joe Wieland's road to recovery from Tommy John surgery officially began Friday.
Following the procedure, the 22-year-old rookie tweeted: "Surgery was a success today. It's going to be a long road back, but I trust God that he is going to bring me back stronger!!"
Wieland became the second San Diego starter to undergo the surgery, joining southpaw Cory Luebke. The typical recovery period is between 12-to-16 months. Manager Bud Black believes that Wieland will pitch again sometime next year.
"I think every player wants to go to Spring Training healthy and be on an Opening Day roster, but in this case and in Cory's case, it's not going to happen. That's reality," Black said. "The sooner you realize that, the better off you are.
"I think Joe can take solace in the fact that he will pitch next year. He will pitch in 2013. I'm not sure where or when and how much, but he will pitch. And whether it's in the Minor Leagues or in the instructional league, he will pitch in 2013."
Acquired from Texas as part of the Mike Adams trade last season, Wieland hasn't pitched since a start in early May, when he felt discomfort in his right elbow while throwing curveballs. In five outings, he was 0-4 with a 4.55 ERA in 27 2/3 innings.
"Once they went in there and saw the ligament -- it needed to be repaired -- and now Joe is on that course to rehab," Black said. "It's going to be a long, arduous climb back, but players come back from this, and Joe's up for the challenge. He's got somebody a few months ahead of him in Luebke, where they can compare notes, but Joe will pitch again."