Wieland was traded to the Mariners on Tuesday in exchange for infielder Erick Mejia. Wieland primarily pitched with the Dodgers Triple-A affiliate last season, but did make two starts with the big club late in the season. He wasn't spectacular with Triple-A Oklahoma City, posting a 4.59 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 21 starts. This change in scenery definitely helps after all the pitching signings the Dodgers recently made, but the Mariners also have quite a few options already in their rotation, so it may still be tough for the right-hander to crack the rotation this season.
Wieland avoided arbitration with the Dodgers by agreeing to a one-year, $590,000 contract, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports. This was Wieland's second year garnering arbitration eligibility. The 25-year-old right-hander made two starts late in the season for the Dodgers, recording a 8.31 ERA and 1.73 WHIP in 8.2 innings. He wasn't particularly effective with Triple-A Oklahoma either, putting together a 4.59 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 113.1 innings, but he could be a candidate to join the Dodgers during the season if injuries effect the starting rotation.
A stiff neck caused the Dodgers to scratch pitcher Mat Latos from Wednesday's start at the Los Angeles Angles, the team announced. Right-hander Joe Wieland will start in place of Latos on Wednesday.
The Dodgers wasted no time placing just-acquired outfielder Justin Ruggiano on their roster after trading for him Tuesday. They have also recalled Joe Wieland from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Wieland pitched in just one game for the Dodgers earlier in the year and has a mere 10 appearances in the big leagues since 2012.
The bad news - though likely expected - continued Thursday for Dodgers right-hander Joe Wieland. He was optioned to the minors as the team called up veteran outfielder Chris Heisey. The first bit of bad news was provided Wednesday night by the bats of the Brewers. They tagged Wieland for six runs in 4 2/3 innings in his spot start. Heisey spent two weeks at Triple-A Oklahoma City and managed exactly one hit in eight of his last 10 games.