Wieck was recalled by the Cubs on Tuesday.
Wieck spent a brief period on the active roster in mid-April but made just a single appearance. He owns a career 5.15 ERA in 43.2 major-league innings, so he'll likely be used in lower-leverage spots during his time with the team. Jake Marisnick (hamstring) landed on the injured list in a corresponding move.
Wieck pitched two scoreless, hitless innings Sunday for Triple-A Iowa in what ended up being a combined no-hitter. He struck out five.
Shelby Miller opened the game with three clean innings and five strikeouts of his own, and Wieck worked the seventh and eighth innings. The lefty has appeared in one game at the MLB level so far this season, though he could factor into the Cubs' bullpen plans later in the year. Wieck was limited by injuries in 2020 but logged 34.2 innings for Chicago in 2019 with 49 strikeouts.
The Cubs optioned Wieck to their alternate training site Wednesday, Maddie Lee of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Wieck will cede his spot on the 26-man active roster and in the bullpen to Jason Adam, who was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list in a corresponding move. The lefty reliever appeared in one game during his two-day stint with the Cubs, striking out two over a scoreless inning in Monday's loss to Milwaukee.
Wieck was recalled by the Cubs on Monday.
The Cubs are set for quite a bit of turnover in their bullpen Monday. Three pitchers landed on the COVID-19 injured list, with Wieck, Justin Steele and Pedro Strop set to replace them. Wieck owns an unimpressive 5.27 ERA in 42.2 major-league innings, so the Cubs would likely prefer to keep him out of high-leverage spots.
Wieck was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Saturday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Wieck was competing with Rex Brothers to be the second lefty reliever in the Chicago bullpen, but the former will at least start the season in the minors. It was a lost 2020 for Wieck, who tossed only one inning in the majors as he dealt with an irregular heartbeat diagnosis in camp and then a hamstring strain during the season. He'll look to use the time in the minors to prove he's healthy, and he could push for an MLB roster spot later in the year.
Wieck could make the Cubs' Opening Day roster as a second left-handed reliever, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Wieck only logged one inning in 2020 as he dealt with an irregular heartbeat diagnosis in camp and then a hamstring strain during the season. He's reportedly healthy this spring and could give the Cubs a second left-handed option in the bullpen outside of Andrew Chafin. Rex Brothers is also in the mix as another lefty reliever. Wieck has only tossed three innings this spring, but he's done well with no runs allowed and five strikeouts.
Wieck is reportedly feeling healthy and motivated to bounce back from a disappointing 2020 season, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.
Wieck showed some strikeout potential in 2019, but he was limited to just one inning in 2020 due to an irregular heartbeat diagnosis in camp and then a hamstring strain during the season. If he's healthy in 2021, Wieck gives the Cubs another left-handed option in the bullpen along with Andrew Chafin and Kyle Ryan, though Ryan is currently out due to COVID-19 protocols.
The Cubs reinstated Wieck (hamstring/knee) from the 45-day injured list Monday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
A right hamstring strain and sore left knee limited Wieck to just one appearance out of the Chicago bullpen during MLB's 60-game regular season. Now more than two months removed from his last setback on the health front, Wieck looks like he'll be in store for a relatively normal offseason.
Wieck (knee/hamstring) was placed on the 45-day injured list Tuesday.
Wieck faced a setback in his recovery process recently, and he'll miss significant time as a result. While the left-hander's hamstring was reportedly feeling better, he was set back due to left knee soreness. It's unclear whether Wieck will return to the majors before the end of the regular season. Hernan Perez's contract was selected Tuesday in a corresponding move.
Wieck (hamstring) is dealing with a setback in his recovery process, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Manager David Ross said Saturday that Wieck "has had a couple things" set him back during his throwing program. He's dealing with left knee soreness that has pushed his timetable back. It's unclear when the southpaw will be able to return to the Cubs' bullpen.
Wieck (hamstring) will throw a bullpen session Tuesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Wieck made just a single appearance this season before hitting the injured list with a strained right hamstring in late July. While he's reportedly progressing well, his target return date remains unclear.
Wieck was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a right hamstring strain.
He gave up two runs on one hit and one walk while striking out two in one inning Saturday against the Brewers. Ryan Tepera was recalled from the team's alternate training site in a corresponding move.
Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Monday that Wieck (chest) will be "ready to go" when the team begins its "summer camp" this week, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Wieck appears to have made a full recovery from the emergency procedure he required in February to address an irregular heartbeat. The bullpen stands out as one of the Cubs' greatest weaknesses heading into the upcoming season, so Wieck could end up handling a notable role despite his struggles to limit walks (3.4 BB/9) and home runs (2.1 HR/9) over his 44 relief appearances in 2019.
Wieck, who underwent a procedure for an irregular heartbeat in February, should be ready for the start of the abbreviated season, Tim Stebbins of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Wieck likely would have opened the season on the injured list if it had started on time, but the layoff due to the coronavirus pandemic should allow him to be ready for Opening Day. The lefty offset a 5.71 ERA across 34.2 innings with 49 strikeouts and a respectable 1.18 WHIP last season, so encouraging signs exist for his 2020 campaign.
Wieck (chest) could benefit from the delay due to the coronavirus pandemic as it allows him more time to get ready for the start of the regular season, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Wieck underwent a procedure for an irregular heartbeat in February and might not have been ready for the normal start to the regular season. However, with that start date now up in the air, Wieck could potentially be ready to go whenever play resumes. The lefty was playing catch prior to the delay and was nearing a return to mound work. He'll likely need some time facing live hitters before he's able to officially join the team, but he figures to help the bullpen sooner rather than later.
Wieck (chest) is expected to build up to throwing off flat ground from 120 feet within the next few days, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Wieck was away from the Cubs for a good portion of camp after requiring a heart procedure in late February, but he's since receive clearance to rejoin the team and resume activity. Because of the time he missed, Wieck is still in the process of getting his arm conditioned for game action, so he has yet to step back on a mound. The Cubs anticipate that he'll be ready for a bullpen session once he throws from 120 feet on back-to-back days.
Wieck (heart) played catch Monday and will continue to throw off flat ground throughout the week, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Wieck's spring preparation has been delayed by the discovery of an abnormal heartbeat in early February. He'll have a follow-up visit with a cardiologist Monday. He hopes to get back on a mound soon, but time is getting tight for him to be ready to pitch by Opening Day.
Wieck rejoined the Cubs in Arizona on Wednesday but will remain out through at least next week after he was diagnosed with an abnormal heartbeat during a pre-spring physical, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Wieck had been away from the team for most of spring training, but it wasn't until Thursday that a reason for his absence became known. After he was informed of the heart issue, Wieck underwent a cardiac ablation Monday and was recommended to rest and rehab for the next week before the Cubs evaluate him for a potential return. Even if he's cleared to resume a throwing program next week, Wieck would still need some extra time to build up his arm due to the workouts he's previously missed. The lefty is far from a lock to earn a spot in the Cubs' Opening Day bullpen.
Wieck left the Cubs earlier in spring training but plans to rejoin the team later this week, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Heading into Wednesday's game against the Royals, Wieck was one of only three relievers on the Cubs' 40-man roster who had yet to appear during the Cactus League. The team hasn't provided a reason behind Wieck's absence, but assuming he's back by the end of the week, he should still have enough time to stake his claim to a spot in the Cubs' Opening Day bullpen.
Wieck (2-2) struck out the only batter he faced to earn the win against the Cardinals on Friday.
Wieck needed only six pitches to send Jose Martinez back to the dugout. He then became the pitcher of record when the Cubs exploded for a seven-run seventh inning. The southpaw has posted a 5.19 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 34.2 innings between the Padres and Cubs this year, but he's only allowed two runs in 13 appearances since joining the Cubs.
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|05/11||@ CLE||L 2-3||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|04/12||@ MIL||L 3-6||1.0||1||0||1||2|
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|2015||AFX-Fort Wayne Tincaps||10.1||2||2||0||2||0||0||12||3||8||2.67||1.089|
|2015||AFA-Lake Elsinore Storm||57.0||11||11||0||2||6||0||53||26||61||5.21||1.526|
|2015||AFX-Savannah Sand Gnats||56.0||10||10||0||3||5||0||74||21||54||3.21||1.339|
|2016||AFA-Lake Elsinore Storm||41.0||26||0||0||3||1||1||62||16||34||1.54||1.220|
|2016||AA-San Antonio Missions||20.1||15||0||0||1||0||0||31||8||10||0.45||0.895|
|2017||AAA-El Paso Chihuahuas||7.0||9||0||0||0||0||0||8||10||11||10.29||3.000|
|2017||AA-San Antonio Missions||30.2||31||0||0||2||1||7||51||13||21||2.68||1.126|
|2017||R-AZL Padres 2||1.0||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||0.00||0.000|
|2018||AAX-San Antonio Missions||28.0||27||0||0||1||2||10||36||8||20||1.93||1.000|
|2018||AAA-El Paso Chihuahuas||18.1||17||0||0||3||0||2||34||9||16||3.48||1.381|
|2019||AAA-El Paso Chihuahuas||17.2||14||0||0||1||1||2||34||6||16||6.28||1.279|