The Padres are hopeful that left-hander Cory Luebke and right-hander Joe Wieland will be strong enough to vie for spots in the starting rotation when Spring Training opens this coming February, general manager Josh Byrnes said on Tuesday during the second day of the General Managers Meetings.
Both were top pitching prospects in the organization before undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2012.
"Luebke's been good," Byrnes said. "He's thrown off a mound a couple of times, and he's probably going to come out to San Diego in a week or two and throw to some hitters. Wieland threw in the Arizona Fall League the other night. They both appear to finally be where they need to be in their rehab.
"Now, including the six guys who finished the season in the rotation, we have two more to compete for starting spots. That area has been getting better and deeper for us."
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