PEORIA, Ariz. -- Outfielder Alex Dickerson admitted some sense of relief Saturday after tests conducted on his severely sprained left ankle showed no further damage.
Dickerson was in San Diego on Thursday to have his ankle looked at after an MRI in Arizona showed he had a severe sprain. The tests in San Diego by team doctors confirmed as much.
"There's nothing torn," Dickerson said. "So we'll move on from there."
Just where, Dickerson isn't certain. He knows that he'll be out of action for a period of two or so weeks, meaning there's a good chance he remains behind in Arizona for extended spring training even after all other players have left, either to San Diego or Minor League affiliates.
Dickerson wasn't going to win a spot on the Padres' 25-man roster to start the season and was ticketed for Triple-A El Paso. He still is, only his season will start a little later than his teammates.
The injury was frustrating because of the timing. Dickerson, after a slow start, was just beginning to hit the ball on a more consistent basis. But a week ago, he landed awkwardly on the ankle while participating in bounding exercises before a morning workout.
Up until that point, Dickerson had raised his average to .280 with two home runs and seven RBIs in 25 at-bats. He has worked closely with hitting coaches Phil Plantier and Alonzo Powell to iron some things out in his left-handed swing. Things were finally beginning to click for him.
Dickerson said this was the first ankle sprain he's had in his life.
"They say that it hurts a lot more when it's your first one," he said. "... So we'll just take it day by day."
Wieland to have minor surgery to ease elbow pain
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Pitcher Joe Wieland will have arthroscopic cleanup surgery on his right elbow Tuesday, a procedure aimed to eliminate the irritation in the back of the elbow.
Wieland visited noted orthopedic surgeon and Reds medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek early Saturday. The recommendation was minor surgery to the elbow joint.
The surgery will be performed in San Diego by team doctor Heinz Hoenecke.
Wieland said Kremchek was encouraged to find "nothing structurally" wrong with the elbow. Wieland is less than two years removed from reconstructive elbow surgery.
Wieland reported soreness in the elbow a week ago, though in the triceps area and not the ligament. He had an MRI that showed no damage to the ligament. The initial diagnosis was Wieland would not throw for seven to 10 days before being looked at again.
"I fully expect to be back before the All-Star break," Wieland said.
It was pain in the triceps area that caused Wieland to slow his rehabilitation program a year ago and which ultimately led to a stress reaction. But, again, there has never been an issue with the ligament.
Wieland appeared in four games this spring, allowing nine earned runs over seven innings -- including five earned runs over 2 1/3 innings last Saturday against the Dodgers. It was after that outing that he reported soreness in the elbow.
But up to that point, the Padres and Wieland were encouraged with the way he was throwing, including the notable uptick in velocity that often saw him hit the mid-90s.
While Wieland is disappointed to miss the early part of the season -- he was likely headed to Triple-A El Paso before this incident -- he's confident Kremchek has found the cause of what's troubled him for the past year or so.
"It's good that they finally have found what's causing the pain," he said.
Padres set rest of rotation for Opening Series
PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres have set their starting rotation for the first series of the season, as manager Bud Black announced Saturday that Ian Kennedy and Tyson Ross will follow Andrew Cashner to the mound in the series against the Dodgers that begins March 30.
Earlier in the week, Black named Cashner as the starter for Opening Night against the Dodgers at Petco Park. After a Monday off-day, Kennedy will pitch the second game of the season April 1 with the final start going to Ross on April 2.
Originally, this meant that Josh Johnson would have been in line to start the first game of the team's three-game series against the Marlins on April 4, but Black announced after Saturday's 3-3 tie with the White Sox that Johnson will miss four to five weeks with a flexor strain in his right forearm. Johnson played parts of eight seasons with the Marlins (2005-12) and led the National League in ERA (2.30) in 2010.
Eric Stults, the team's No. 5 starter, figures to start one of the first two games vs. the Marlins. Right-handers Matt Wisler and Donn Roach and left-hander Robbie Erlin are in contention to fill out the rotation in Johnson's absence.
Rehabbing Maybin starts to play catch
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Outfielder Cameron Maybin, who suffered a ruptured left biceps tendon March 2, is beginning the phase of building up strength in the biceps.
Maybin, who incurred the injury making a diving catch, played catch for the first time Friday after a period of two-plus weeks where he was to rest the tendon.
"He had the rest period and now he's starting to do some things in the weight room to gradually start building up that biceps," said Padres manager Bud Black. "He's doing well. There's no timetable ... but the medical staff is happy with where he's at now."
Shortly after the injury, Maybin had an MRI in San Diego that revealed the ruptured biceps tendon. He and the team opted against the surgery route and instead chose rest and rehabilitation. He was told at that point that he would miss between two and three months.