"Hopefully the middle of next month, I'll be able to start my [Minor League] rehab assignment," Wieland said.
Wieland was nearly to the point where he was back from Tommy John surgery on July 27, 2012, when he felt soreness in his right elbow during Spring Training. He had the elbow examined by a doctor which led to surgery that repaired an impingement and removed loose bodies in the elbow.
Wieland has been working out and rehabilitating his elbow at the team's Spring Training facility in Peoria since. Better still, he's optimistic about getting in games next month.
"One-hundred percent ... it feels like my old, TJ-free elbow," Wieland said.
For as eager as Wieland is to get in a game again, he's taking the patient approach to his rehabilitation -- which isn't always easy.
"It's patience," he said. "The way I've looked at it is when I'm ready, God will let me know when I'm ready. We'll go from there."