Chicago Cubs: Brad Wieck out indefinitely, planning to undergo second heart surgery


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Cubs reliever Brad Wieck is out for an indefinite period of time due to a cardiac issue that requires surgery. (Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports)
Cubs reliever Brad Wieck is out for an indefinite period of time due to a cardiac issue that requires surgery. (Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports)

CHICAGO — Earlier this month, Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Brad Wieck was placed on the 10-day injured list with an irregular heartbeat, and he will not be activated anytime soon, with the Cubs transferring him to the 60-day injured list. It was announced on Friday that Wieck, who last pitched on July 6, is planning to undergo a second heart procedure. He previously underwent surgery to correct a heart flutter in February 2020 and made just one appearance last season.

Wieck is out indefinitely, as no timetable for his return is currently in place. The 29-year-old left-hander is set to undergo a cardiac ablation procedure, which will, in all likelihood, end his 2021 campaign. Having pitched in 15 games this season, Wieck currently sports a 0.00 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 17 innings pitched on the year. He has been a member of the Cubs since July 2019, when he was traded by the San Diego Padres.

UPDATE: Wieck announced on Twitter that the surgery for his atrial fibrillation is scheduled for Aug. 31. He will miss the remainder of the season.

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