HOUSTON -- Now that he's been given a clean bill of health after taking antibiotics intravenously for six weeks to clear up an infection in his right shoulder, Astros pitcher Kyle Weiland can begin to look forward to getting back on the mound at some point this year.
Weiland, who was acquired from the Red Sox in the offseason and made three starts for Houston before going on the disabled list, had his antibiotic drip port removed from his left arm on Tuesday and no longer has restrictions when it comes to exercise. Weiland has plenty of work ahead of him, though, considering he hasn't thrown in two months and lost 15 pounds.
"As of [Tuesday], I was going through my full shoulder routine and they stretch me a lot to try to continue to get the range of motion back," Weiland said. "It's getting close to where it was in Spring Training. From here, it's just continuing to push myself and keep fighting through the pain of breaking up scar tissue."
Weiland had to change the type of antibiotics he was on about three weeks into his ordeal after a bad reaction threw off his immune system and landed him back in the hospital. He called the ordeal a "nightmare," but hopes to pitch again this year.
"They're not giving me a timetable and they told me that from the beginning," he said. "It's kind of a unique injury to a pitcher; an infection with the shoulder isn't something that happens every day. But I set my own personal goals, and I'm hoping to be throwing maybe off the mound by the All-Star break, and from there we'll see. I have to start from square one."