Tucson Padres' Wieland gets called up

2012-04-10T22:46:00Z Tucson Padres' Wieland gets called upDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 10, 2012 10:46 pm  • 

Tucson Padres starting pitcher Joe Wieland started crying when he was taken out of Tuesday night's game by manager Terry Kennedy.

But, it's not what you think.

Wieland was pulled after two innings because he's been called up to the major leagues by San Diego and will start Saturday's game in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.

When Wieland walked into the dugout, manager Terry Kennedy looked at him and said "that's enough, you have to save some bullets for Dodger Stadium on Saturday."

"It took me a minute to process it and then I started crying and hugging everyone in the dugout," Wieland said smiling. "I was crying on the bench because my dream finally came true."

Kennedy said he didn't tell Wieland pregame that he was only going two innings. He wanted Wieland to be able to go out and get his work in with a clear head.

"It was double top-secret," Kennedy said.

Wieland said he's never been to Dodger Stadium before. He began calling family members after the game and said he'll have plenty of support in the crowd for his big league debut.

"I've talked to quite a few people already," Wieland said. "Everyone's excited. I'm excited."

Before he left the game, Wieland was on his game. He tossed two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and one walk. He struck out four and threw 35 pitches, 23 for strikes.

"As long as he stays aggressive and pitches like he pitches, I think he'll be fine," Kennedy said. "It's the same game. Better hitters, but the same game. He just has to go up there and be as aggressive as he always is."

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