Chicago Cubs reliever Brad Wieck had heart surgery Monday, to prevent recurrence of atrial flutter, an abnormal heart condition.
Chicago Cubs’ Brad Wieck had a scare being diagnosed with a heart condition. Team doctor Stephen Adams noticed it with an electrocardiogram with an abnormal heartbeat. They’ll monitor in a week a see where we’ll go from there. This is a scary situation and should not be taken lightly.
As Mark Gonzalez reported, Mark DeRosa had a similar surgery in February 2008. He was ready by the start of the year. Wieck, who was acquired in July, posted a 3.60 in 14 appearances, returned for the rest of the week in Arizona. DeRosa was not considered ‘life-threatening,’ and he was ready the start of the year.
"“I’m not going to put any limitations on (Wieck) or us,” Ross said. “We’re going to let it play out. … There’s no such thing as minor surgery. The saying is the only minor surgery is the one they do on you.”More from Cubbies CribCubs: Adrian Sampson is forcing his way into the conversationProjecting the Chicago Cubs bullpen to open the 2023 seasonCubs fans are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnelJustin Steele has evolved into a frontline starter for the CubsThe future of first base is murky right now for the Cubs"
There’s nothing more dangerous than an irregular heartbeat. Again, it’s not life-threatening, and he should be able to move past that in a week or more. In the end, I’m glad Dr. Adams caught this. Very well done on his part.
"“That’s why we do those physicals early on,” manager David Ross said. “Kudos to Dr. Adams for being on top of things and making sure he’s going to be all right. The good news is it seems to be a fairly common procedure. All signs point to him having a nice, healthy recovery."
Chicago Cubs: Ross not revealing if he’ll hand out lineups
Ross is still unsure if he will have lineups ahead of time, or get his ‘feet wet’ distributing them. Unlike Joe Maddon, Ross hasn’t made up his mind. Not yet, anyway.
"“I’m still finding my rhythm on that,” Ross said. “Exactly how far in advance, guys are going to dictate a lot. We’re going to try to get the players as much as advance notice as they need, but there’s also information that I will still be processing through and finding my rhythm."
Maddon made a habit of rolling out the lineups for several series. Several players had a problem with it. ‘Hot bat’ and all that jazz. It never worked as anticipated, but it was worth a shot. Ross, as a backup catcher, knowing when he was in the lineup.
"“There’s going to be moving parts. There are on every team with matchups we like, matchups that get sent down from up top that we’ll look at as well. When it comes to projecting the lineup for us to be in the strongest position possible is put the right guys in there.”"
He’s got a point. He needs to have everyone available, not just certain guys.