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Zack Wheeler | Starting Pitcher | #45

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/30/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 196
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (6) / SF
Contract: view contract details
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Zack Wheeler (elbow) played catch Friday with no issues.
He's slated to throw off a mound on Sunday. Wheeler is a little behind schedule after having some tenderness in his pitching elbow during a bullpen session earlier this week. His health is obviously something to keep a close eye on this spring after all his issues the last two seasons. Feb 17 - 1:40 PM

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Zack Wheeler (elbow) said he plans to throw off a mound Saturday or Sunday.

Wheeler is a few days behind the other pitchers in Mets camp after experiencing tenderness in his troublesome right elbow following his first bullpen session of the spring. He was able to play catch Thursday, but we're obviously not through the woods here yet. Wheeler is in competition with Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo for the final spot in the New York rotation.
Feb 16 - 2:02 PM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) played catch Thursday without issue.

The hope is he can get back on a mound Friday, which would put him right back on track with the other pitchers in Mets camp. Wheeler felt some tenderness in his troublesome right elbow earlier this week after throwing a bullpen session. He is trying to beat out Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo for the final spot in the New York rotation.
Feb 16 - 12:01 PM

Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said Wednesday that Zack Wheeler (elbow) felt "a little tenderness" following his last bullpen session.

The thought is that it's just scar tissue and he'll throw again soon, but Warthen said the Mets are understandably treating Wheeler "with kid gloves." Wheeler has missed back-to-back years, as he had Tommy John surgery in 2015 and encountered all sorts of setbacks last year. Assuming he's healthy enough to pitch again, the Mets are looking at an innings limit in the low 100s for 2017. There's been talk of using him in the bullpen to manage his workload. Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo are the alternatives for the final rotation spot.
Feb 15 - 1:48 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said Monday that Zack Wheeler, Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo will compete for the fifth spot in the rotation.

"Right now, because (Wheeler) hasn’t pitched in so long, it’s an open competition," Collins said. "It’s not just that Zack hasn’t pitched in so long, but it’s pretty fresh in my mind what I saw Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo do. So, I think they need to be in that mix." Wheeler has been sidelined for nearly two full years due to ongoing elbow issues, as he had numerous setbacks in 2016 as he tried to return from Tommy John surgery. He's healthy now and should have a leg up for the No. 5 spot if he can stay that way, but that's far from a sure thing. Wheeler is also facing an innings limit, so he'll likely be moved to the bullpen at some point even if he secures a rotation spot.
Source: Newsday
Feb 13 - 4:32 PM

Zack Wheeler reiterated to Kevin Kernan of the New York Post that he sees himself as a starting pitcher.

"I know I belong in the starting rotation, there’s no question about that," said Wheeler, who has missed back-to-back seasons following Tommy John surgery. "I’m a starter. I want to be a starter." Of course, the decision isn't up to him. The Mets don't want to push Wheeler too soon after such an extended absence, so seeing some time in the bullpen is probably an inevitability. This could open things up for Robert Gsellman or Seth Lugo to begin the year in the rotation. We should have a more clear indication of Wheeler's role once he starts pitching in games again.
Feb 8 - 10:12 AM

Mets and RHP Zack Wheeler avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $800,000 contract.

Wheeler began his Mets career with much promise, turning in sub-3.55 ERAs in 2013 and 2014. During that 2014 season, the right-hander held a 3.54 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 187/79 K/BB ratio across 185 1/3 frames covering 32 starts. He hasn't seen the major-league mound since. In March of 2015, he underwent Tommy John surgery and subsequently was hit with several setbacks in his rehab which ultimately prevented him from pitching in 2016. He is expected to be a contributing member for the Mets this coming season, though whether he returns to the rotation or moves to the bullpen remains to be seen. Wheeler has said that he is open to either option.
Jan 11 - 4:38 PM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) said Tuesday that he's open to a move to the bullpen.

Wheeler was unable to make it back in 2016 after suffering multiple setbacks in his rehab from Tommy John surgery. The Mets are going to be cautious with him next season, so they are keeping their opens open in regard to his potential role. Wheeler's preference would be to start, but he's open-minded on the situation. "Whatever is best for my health is fine with me," said Wheeler.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 12:27:00 PM

Mets activated RHP Zack Wheeler from the 60-day disabled list.

Wheeler's status on the 40-man roster has been restored. He hasn't made a start in the majors in nearly two years due to elbow issues but is hoping for a healthy 2017.
Fri, Nov 4, 2016 08:22:00 AM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) will not return in 2016.

Wheeler won't pick up a baseball again until he starts gearing up for spring training. The right-hander has encountered several setbacks in his recovery from Tommy John surgery including a strained flexor tendon he suffered last month. He hasn't made a big league start in almost two years.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 05:25:00 PM

Zack Wheeler has been diagnosed with a flexor strain in his right elbow.

Wheeler visited with Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday and the result -- while not completely clean -- was certainly a positive one for the Mets in comparison to what might have been for a pitcher recovering from Tommy John surgery. He was given a PRP injection and has been instructed to rest for the next two weeks. A return to the major league mound this season remains a long shot.
Wed, Aug 17, 2016 07:04:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Rubin reports that "nothing devastating" was found in Zack Wheeler's visit with Dr. James Andrews regarding his elbow discomfort.

Wheeler is on the mend from Tommy John surgery, but it hasn't exactly gone smoothly. Most recently, he was nixed from a rehab outing in early August after reporting renewed discomfort in his throwing elbow. At least on that front, it looks as though his visit with Dr. James Andrews was a reassuring one. The next step in Wheeler's recovery plan is not yet known, but it would be a surprise and then some if he managed to take the major league mound before the 2016 season closes out.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Aug 17, 2016 05:14:00 PM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) is now expected to see Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday.

Wheeler, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, was scratched from his scheduled rehab start Friday due to renewed discomfort in his elbow. He was expected to see Dr. Andrews on Monday, but either way he's now very likely to miss his second straight full season.
Mon, Aug 15, 2016 05:57:00 PM

Zack Wheeler will be examined by Dr. James Andrews next week after feeling renewed discomfort in his surgically-repaired right elbow.

Uh oh. Wheeler has gone through some starts and stops in his comeback from Tommy John surgery and hasn't done any throwing since his last rehab start on August 6. More will obviously be known after his visit with Dr. Andrews, but even in a best-case scenario it looks like he won't pitch in the majors for two full seasons.
Fri, Aug 12, 2016 04:28:00 PM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) allowed an unearned run in his only inning of work Saturday in a rehab start for High-A St. Lucie.

It was Wheeler's first competitive game in 17 months. The right-hander allowed a walk while throwing 11 of his 17 pitches for strikes. Wheeler was obviously planning for a longer outing but the Mets didn't bring him back after a long rain delay. If all goes well, the right-hander should return to the Mets' rotation in about a month.
Sat, Aug 6, 2016 08:54:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Rene Rivera
3Kevin Plawecki
4Tomas Nido
1B1Lucas Duda
2Wilmer Flores
2B1Neil Walker
2T.J. Rivera
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Matt Reynolds
3Gavin Cecchini
4Amed Rosario
3B1David Wright
2Jose Reyes
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Curtis Granderson
2Juan Lagares
RF1Jay Bruce
2Michael Conforto
3Brandon Nimmo
4Wulimer Becerra
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Noah Syndergaard
2Jacob deGrom
3Matt Harvey
4Steven Matz
5Zack Wheeler
6Robert Gsellman
7Seth Lugo
8Rafael Montero
9Chris Flexen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jeurys Familia
2Addison Reed
3Fernando Salas
4Jerry Blevins
5Hansel Robles
6Josh Smoker
7Erik Goeddel
8Josh Edgin
9Sean Gilmartin
10Ben Rowen
11Adam Wilk
12Tom Gorzelanny
13Jenrry Mejia