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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 (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

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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

Zack Wheeler underwent a procedure Tuesday to remove an undissolved stitch from his right elbow.

It was a scheduled procedure that shouldn't alter his recovery timetable too drastically, though it has already cost him a week of throwing and he'll take the next few days off too. Wheeler underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last March. He probably won't be an option for the Mets until sometime in July.
Apr 12 - 4:40 PM

Zack Wheeler will undergo surgery to remove an undissolved stitch from last year's Tommy John surgery.

It's considered a minor procedure, but Wheeler will need to take two weeks off from his throwing program in order to allow the wound to heal. That presumably will push back his return date a couple weeks. The Mets had been hoping to get Wheeler back in their rotation on July 1.
Apr 8 - 11:20 AM

Mets placed RHP Zack Wheeler on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

Wheeler will be out until midseason while continuing his rehab from Tommy John surgery. Bartolo Colon will hold down a rotation spot in the meantime.
Apr 1 - 2:41 PM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) will throw from the top of the mound Tuesday for the first time since Tommy John surgery last March.

The Mets have been taking things slow with Wheeler this spring, but everything is going according to plan with his rehab process. The hope is that he'll be ready to rejoin the Mets around midseason. Bartolo Colon will hold down the fifth spot in the rotation for now.
Mar 15 - 10:31 AM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) will throw 10-15 pitches off the front slope of a mound on Saturday.

It will be the first time since last March's Tommy John surgery that he's thrown off any kind of an incline. Wheeler's rehab has progressed without any setbacks to this point and the goal remains for the Mets to get him back on July 1. Bartolo Colon will fill his spot in the rotation until then.
Feb 26 - 12:55 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Rene Rivera
1B1Lucas Duda
2James Loney
2B1Neil Walker
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
3B1David Wright
2Wilmer Flores
3Matt Reynolds
LF1Brandon Nimmo
2Alejandro De Aza
3Kelly Johnson
CF1Yoenis Cespedes
2Juan Lagares
RF1Curtis Granderson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jacob deGrom
2Matt Harvey
3Noah Syndergaard
4Steven Matz
5Bartolo Colon
6Zack Wheeler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jeurys Familia
2Addison Reed
3Jim Henderson
4Jerry Blevins
5Hansel Robles
6Antonio Bastardo
7Erik Goeddel
8Sean Gilmartin
9Logan Verrett
10Jenrry Mejia