Cubs reliever Brad Wieck is being monitored for an irregular heartbeat more than a year after he underwent surgery to correct the issue and was put on the injured list Friday with the team providing no timeline for a potential return.
Wieck, who underwent the ablation during spring training last year, began experiencing flutters again recently. He was put on a heart monitor that detected the irregularity overnight, manager David Ross said, but not anything that was considered serious enough to prevent him from pitching.
But after a 39-pitch outing Tuesday night, the left-hander was shut down as a precaution while he undergoes further tests and evaluation.
“With his history, everything you’re dealing with is extremely serious,” Ross said. “The docs [say] the concern is not a great concern, but having to deal with that as a player, and then with your mental state being out there — that coupled with either adrenaline or you’re getting ready and the nerves and anxiety of getting ready for a game and the good stuff you draw from, [it’s about] knowing if that’s natural or it’s something [more].
“It’s important for us to know that and for him to know that, having that peace of mind,” Ross added. “And he’s having a great year, so we want to make sure he’s not out there distracted mentally.”
Wieck has not allowed a run in 15 appearances this season, striking out 28 in 17 innings.
In other moves Friday, the Cubs activated setup man Ryan Tepera (calf) from the IL as expected.
Also added to the bullpen was left-hander Kyle Ryan, who was recalled from Iowa to replace right-hander Cory Abbott, who was sent back to Iowa after throwing 65 pitches in a three-inning appearance during Thursday’s 8-0 loss to the Phillies.