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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
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Zack Wheeler surrendered four runs and walked three in three innings of relief Wednesday against the Marlins.
If there was still any doubt, Wheeler should be officially out of the rotation mix after this. Either he'll open up in the pen or in extended spring training. We'd say the latter scenario is more likely. Mar 22 - 5:06 PM

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Zack Wheeler yielded two runs in 2 1/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Nationals.

Wheeler's velocity was excellent, as he was in the mid-90s consistently. That and health are more important than results right now. Wheeler still figures to open 2017 in the bullpen or perhaps on the disabled list. It will be interesting to see how the Mets utilize him if they do start him off as a reliever.
Mar 16 - 3:52 PM

Zack Wheeler's next scheduled start has been pushed back from Wednesday to Thursday.

Fortunately, the change has nothing to do with injury. The Mets simply want to make sure that Wheeler and Steven Matz are both starting instead of piggybacking each other in a game.
Mar 15 - 9:51 AM

Zack Wheeler made his spring debut Friday, allowing one run over two innings in a start against the Braves.

Wheeler, who had a mild setback with his elbow at the beginning of camp, was working in the low-90s today and had no complaints afterwards. Technically, there's probably still time for him to work his way into the rotation battle. However, expectations are that the Mets will use him out of the bullpen initially. He could also be stashed on the DL if he needs more time to build up arm strength.
Mar 10 - 4:14 PM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) had a successful live batting practice session Sunday.

It's the first time this spring that Wheeler has faced hitters, and he's scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut on Friday. Wheeler has bounced back nicely since feeling elbow soreness during a bullpen session early on this spring, but the expectation is that he'll begin the season in extended spring training.
Mar 5 - 11:49 AM

Matt Ehalt of The Record reports that Zack Wheeler (elbow) is expected to begin the season in extended spring training.

The Mets entered spring training with an open mind on what they'd get out of Wheeler, but it never seemed terribly likely that he'd break camp in the rotation following essentially two full missed years due to injury. When he felt more soreness in his elbow a couple weeks ago, that pretty much cemented his spot on the disabled list to begin the year. Wheeler has resumed throwing without issues and could still make an impact at some point in 2017, but for now it's expected to be Robert Gsellman as the Mets' fifth starter, with Seth Lugo perhaps next in line.
Mar 3 - 10:34 AM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) is on track to make his Grapefruit League debut on March 10.

The Mets gave him the go-ahead after he completed his first live batting practice session of the spring on Wednesday. Wheeler felt some tenderness in his elbow at the start of camp, but he got over it relatively quickly. The big test will be how he responds to pitching in game action again. He missed the entire 2015 season and threw just one inning on a rehab assignment last year. Wheeler could make things interesting with some strong performances, but Robert Gsellman still appears to the favorite for the final spot in the rotation.
Mar 1 - 12:33 PM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) threw his first live batting practice session of the spring on Wednesday.

It wasn't a full-fledged BP session, as the batters were mostly tracking pitches, but it was a step in the right direction. One scout told Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News that Wheeler looked "really good." Game action probably isn't far off at this point -- March 8 and 10 have been floated for a possible spring debut date-- but Robert Gsellman is beginning to look like the favorite for the fifth spot in the rotation.
Mar 1 - 10:11 AM

Mets manager Terry Collins said Sunday that all went well with Zack Wheeler's (elbow) first full-effort bullpen session.

Collins indicated that the next step for Wheeler will be a live batting practice session which should come early in the week. If he remains on schedule, his first Grapefruit League appearance should come around March 9. He has been brought along slowly this spring after experiencing renewed soreness in his elbow, but it sounds like he's trending in the right direction.
Feb 26 - 4:26 PM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) will throw his first full-effort bullpen session of the spring on Sunday.

Wheeler has been reined in by the Mets a bit after he felt some soreness in his right elbow during his first bullpen session of the spring. He was initially supposed to throw off a mound on Saturday, but the club pushed him back a day in anticipation of him going full-bore Sunday. "I gave him an extra day to rest because I want him to throw seven or eight balls at 100% tomorrow and I want to be there when he does it," pitching coach Dan Warthen said. "My schedule was pretty full getting guys ready today. I want to make sure I am out there with him when he throws, so I felt it best to just wait a day."
Feb 26 - 9:34 AM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) threw another bullpen session Wednesday.

Wheeler felt some tenderness in his elbow during a bullpen session about a week ago, but it didn't take him long to get back on track. He made it through a 21-pitch bullpen session on Sunday and progressed to about 30 pitches on Wednesday while throwing "85 to 90 percent." He's moving in the right direction, but Wheeler still faces major questions this spring after missing back-to-back seasons following his Tommy John surgery. He's trying to claim the fifth spot in the rotation, but Robert Gsellman is a looming threat. Even if Wheeler wins the job, he's going to be on an innings limit this year.
Feb 22 - 10:22 AM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) threw a 21-pitch bullpen session on Sunday.

Wheeler had some tenderness in his pitching elbow during a 'pen session last week, but he got through Sunday's session with no issues. It's obviously encouraging, but the righty isn't out of the woods yet after all of his arm problems the last two seasons. If he can stay healthy, Wheeler stands a good chance at capturing the final spot in the Mets' rotation.
Feb 19 - 12:38 PM

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

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

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