Injured Wellemeyer unsure about future

Injured Wellemeyer unsure about future

Injured Wellemeyer unsure about future
MESA, Ariz. -- Todd Wellemeyer has not been able to pitch at all this spring without feeling pain in his right hip, which is obviously, not a good sign.

Wellemeyer, 32, was assigned to the Cubs' Minor League camp on Wednesday. However, he was going to talk to his agent regarding his future.

He said the problem may be that his leg hasn't fully healed from a torn quadricep suffered last year. He was with the Giants then and went on the disabled list on June 11. He was activated Aug. 5, then designated for assignment on Aug. 9.

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"Maybe the fact I tore my quad might have something to do with [my hip] not being as strong, and it has to work double time -- I don't know if there's atrophy in it or what," Wellemeyer said. "Obviously, when you tear a quad, it's such a large muscle, it's not going to heal 100 percent. Who knows?"

He threw 20 pitches in a light bullpen session on Tuesday and that went fine.

"The fact that I was playing catch today and it flared up, it's not a very positive outlook, unfortunately," he said.

Wellemeyer came into camp as one of the candidates for the fifth-starter spot. Now, he's not certain about his baseball career.

"It's very disappointing," Wellemeyer said. "I didn't really get a single inning live during the game where I felt like there wasn't a stabbing pain in my hip. I wish I could've gone out there and been healthy, but it is what it is. I even focused on making sure it was going to be in good shape this offseason with my trainer, and it didn't work out."

Wellemeyer began his career with the Cubs; he was a fourth-round pick in 2000. This was his second turn with the team. What's next?

"We'll see," he said. "If it feels decent [Thursday], I'll throw off the mound. If not, it's pointless to throw off the mound if it'll irritate it."