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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) will begin facing live hitters next week, per Mets manager Terry Collins.
That's the final step before a minor league rehab assignment. Wheeler has run into multiple setbacks in his recovery from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, but he could become an option for New York in late August if everything runs smoothly from here. Jul 23 - 4:10 PM

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Zack Wheeler (elbow) has resumed throwing bullpen sessions at the Mets’ complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Wheeler has had multiple setbacks in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, but he has thrown off the mound three times in recent days. He threw just under 30 pitches in his most recent session on Sunday. It's unclear when he'll be ready for a rehab assignment, but a return before the end of August is possible if he can avoid setbacks. With Matt Harvey (thoracic outlet surgery) done for the year, he could prove valuable down the stretch.
Source: Newsday
Jul 18 - 10:53 PM

According to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin, late August might be Zack Wheeler's "best-case scenario" for a return to the major leagues in 2016.

Wheeler has encountered multiple setbacks in his recovery from Tommy John surgery and has yet to resume throwing. The Mets need a replacement for Matt Harvey (season-ending shoulder surgery) but Wheeler isn't close to filling that role. For now, the Mets will go with long reliever Logan Verrett, though Triple-A starters Sean Gilmartin and Gabriel Ynoa could also get a shot at some point.
Jul 14 - 4:52 PM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) has yet to resume throwing off a mound.

Wheeler had a setback last month with sensory nerve irritation in his elbow. "He threw 90 feet today, he has thrown up to 120," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Thursday. "He may do some slope work over this weekend. But at this point, there’s really no way to project when he’d be ready to pitch at the major-league level." The Mets are still hoping that Wheeler can contribute in the second half, but they're probably not counting on him as a replacement for Matt Harvey (shoulder).
Jul 8 - 9:36 AM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) felt fine after playing catch Monday.

It was his first time throwing since he was shut down with discomfort in the elbow last week. Wheeler received a cortisone injection to address nerve irritation and will now try to ramp things up again. The Mets were originally aiming for a return around the All-Star break, but obviously his timetable has been pushed back a bit now.
Jun 27 - 5:29 PM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) will resume long-tossing on Monday.

Wheeler's rehab from Tommy John surgery hit a speed bump due to nerve irritation in his right elbow, but he was recently given a cortisone shot and hopes to get back on track. The right-hander should be ready to begin a rehab assignment soon if he can avoid another setback.
Jun 26 - 11:51 AM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) received a cortisone injection to treat sensory nerve irritation in his right elbow.

Wheeler had been steadily working his way back from Tommy John surgery, but he hit a snag with the elbow earlier this month and the team is understandably playing things cautiously. The Mets do not believe his current nerve irritation is the result of any structural damage within his surgically-repaired elbow.
Jun 22 - 11:09 PM

Zack Wheeler has been backed off his rehab due to renewed elbow discomfort.

He won't throw his scheduled simulated game this week, and this will also further delay a minor league rehab assignment. Wheeler had been aiming to return from Tommy John surgery shortly after the All-Star break. He might now be sidelined through all of July. The right-hander is scheduled to be examined by Mets team doctors on Wednesday in New York.
Jun 21 - 4:10 PM

Updating a previous report, Zack Wheeler (elbow) will not begin a rehab assignment with High-A St. Lucie this week.

Instead, he'll throw one inning in a simulated game in the Gulf Coast League next week. Wheeler is allowed a 30-day rehab window and will probably use all of it. The Mets are looking for him to return shortly after the All-Star break.
Jun 14 - 6:25 PM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) could begin a rehab assignment with High-A St. Lucie later this week.

Wheeler is finally ready for a rehab assignment after spending the last 15 months recovering from Tommy John surgery. His rehab should last the full 30 days, which puts Wheeler on track to join the Mets a little after the All-Star break. Bartolo Colon's rotation spot could be in jeopardy upon his return.
Jun 14 - 4:18 PM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) won't rejoin the Mets until after the All-Star break.

The Mets had been targeting an early July return but have decided to push it back a couple weeks because they don't want Wheeler having a long layoff around the All-Star break. Working his way back from Tommy John surgery, Wheeler should be ready for a rehab assignment in a couple weeks.
Jun 3 - 4:23 PM

Zach Wheeler (elbow) threw off the pitching rubber Monday for the first time since his Tommy John surgery.

Wheeler threw 10 fastballs and felt fine. He's expected to progress to a full bullpen session in the next couple of weeks. The young right-hander still has some hurdles to cross, but the Mets continue to estimate a return around the early part of July.
May 23 - 7:32 PM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) will ramp up his activity over the next two weeks.

In essence, Wheeler is beginning what would normally be his spring training routine. Wheeler was shut down for a couple weeks in April because of an undissolved stitch but he resumed throwing about two weeks ago. The right-hander is on track to return in early July.
May 7 - 8:35 PM

Mets transferred RHP Zack Wheeler (elbow) from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The Mets needed to open a roster spot for Rene Rivera. Wheeler resumed throwing Tuesday from a distance of 65 feet after being shut down for a couple weeks with an undissolved stitch in his right elbow. He's still on track to return in early July. The 25-year-old is now 13 months removed from Tommy John surgery.
Apr 26 - 2:54 PM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) will be examined Monday to see if he's ready to resume his throwing program.

Wheeler has been shut down for a couple weeks after having surgery to remove an undissolved stitch from his right elbow. He remains on track to return the first week of July.
Apr 24 - 10:50 AM

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