Found July 27, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
Padres' first baseman/outfielder Kyle Blanks is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list this Saturday, but according to Corey Brock of MLB.com, he will not. And to add to San Diego's woes, relievers Cory Luebke and Joe Wieland probably won’t pitch for the Padres during the 2013 season also according to Corey Brock of MLB.com. Blanks, 26, who landed on the DL on July 12 with Achilles' tendonitis in his left heel, has participated in some drills and hit limitedly, but he's apparently still sore, according to league sources. If Blanks does come to Arizona with the Padres, he would likely continue his rehab and do on-field work, including short sprints, but wouldn't play to avoid re-aggravating the injury. The Diamondbacks begin a three-game series at home against the Padres Friday, and Blanks should make the trip to Phoenix. Before Blanks went on the shelf, he was hitting .256 in 219 at-bats with eight home runs, 34 RBI's and 26 runs scored. Both Cory Luebke and Joe Wieland have suffered not-unexpected setbacks during their rehab. “It’s unlikely that we will see them in a major league game this season,” Black said of Luebke and Wieland, who are both rehabilitating from Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery. The left-handed Luebke twice had his throwing program halted this season when he experienced discomfort in his elbow. Luekbe is again throwing from a slope. The right-handed Wieland recently suffered a triceps strain and isn’t currently throwing. Luebke had the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow replaced on May 23, 2012. Wieland had the same procedure on his right elbow July 27. Until recently, Wieland was on a schedule that would have had him pitching by Aug. 15, while Luebke’s return was scheduled for around Sept. 1. Black said he hopes that Luebke and Wieland will do some pitching during the offseason in winter ball, the Arizona Fall League or the Arizona Instructional League. “It’s important to all of us to have them throw if they are able to pitch in a game,” Black said. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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