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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 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. Sep 3 - 5:25 PM

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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.
Aug 17 - 7:04 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
Aug 17 - 5:14 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.
Aug 15 - 5:57 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.
Aug 12 - 4:28 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.
Aug 6 - 8:54 PM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Saturday.

Wheeler's rehab from Tommy John surgery has had some fits and starts, but he made it through a simulated game Monday with no issues and was sitting in the 90-93 mph with his fastball. He'd likely need about a full month to get stretched out, so he appears on track for a return in the early part of September if all goes well.
Aug 1 - 4:36 PM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) threw a successful round of live batting practice on Monday morning.

He'll probably do a similar workout later this week before possibly beginning a minor league rehab assignment. Wheeler is working his way back from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. He's already suffered multiple setbacks and there's not a clear timetable for his return, but late August seems to be the general target for now. Joel Sherman of the New York Post says Wheeler was hitting 90-93 mph with his fastball on Monday.
Aug 1 - 12:09 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Rene Rivera
3Kevin Plawecki
1B1Lucas Duda
2James Loney
2B1Wilmer Flores
2Kelly Johnson
3Ty Kelly
4Neil Walker
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Matt Reynolds
3Gavin Cecchini
3B1Jose Reyes
2T.J. Rivera
3Eric Campbell
4David Wright
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
2Alejandro De Aza
3Justin Ruggiano
CF1Curtis Granderson
2Michael Conforto
3Juan Lagares
RF1Jay Bruce
2Brandon Nimmo
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jacob deGrom
2Noah Syndergaard
3Steven Matz
4Bartolo Colon
5Jon Niese
6Seth Lugo
7Robert Gsellman
8Rafael Montero
9Zack Wheeler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jeurys Familia
2Addison Reed
3Jim Henderson
4Fernando Salas
5Jerry Blevins
6Hansel Robles
7Josh Edgin
8Sean Gilmartin
9Logan Verrett
10Gabriel Ynoa
11Josh Smoker
12Erik Goeddel
13Jenrry Mejia