Brad Wieck has been placed on the IL back on July 9 with an irregular heartbeat, similar to the atrial flutter that forced him to miss the start of spring training in 2020. According to Jordan Bastian, Wieck would have to undergo another cardiac ablation procedure to correct the problem.
Cardiac ablation involves scarring small areas of the heart that are responsible for creating rhythm problems. This is done by placing small electrodes on the heart through a catheter, then using heat energy or very cold temperatures to scarring the parts responsible for the abnormal signals, preventing them from moving around the heart.
Although it sounds a bit scary, it is actually a fairly straightforward procedure and most patients are back to normal in no time. For example, Wieck had his previous ablation at Northwestern Memorial Hospital on a Monday and was back in Mesa two days later. Recovery is actually more a matter of healing from the catheter, which passes through the groin, than through the heart itself.
Wieck was able to resume the lightweight throw a week after his previous procedure and had hoped at the time to be ready to go on the opening day of 2020. That was ultimately the case, but certainly not in the way he was. ‘had planned from the camps. closed in March and the season resumed towards the end of July.
Assuming good health and a similar no-hiccup schedule in his rehab, it’s possible the tall southpaw will be back on the mound at some point in September. If that sounds a bit ambitious, consider Wick had surgery for testicular cancer in January 2019, when doctors discovered a tumor during a pre-camp physical exam. He launched again at the end of February.
The most important thing here is Wieck’s health, regardless of what that means for his ability to play baseball again, so let’s hope that all goes well and that he can correct this problem for good.