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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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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

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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

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.
Mon, Aug 1, 2016 04:36:00 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.
Mon, Aug 1, 2016 12:09:00 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.
Sat, Jul 23, 2016 04:10:00 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
Mon, Jul 18, 2016 10:53:00 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.
Thu, Jul 14, 2016 04:52:00 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).
Fri, Jul 8, 2016 09:36:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Rene Rivera
3Kevin Plawecki
4Tomas Nido
1B1Lucas Duda
2Wilmer Flores
2B1Neil Walker
2T.J. Rivera
3Ty Kelly
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
3Hansel Robles
4Josh Edgin
5Sean Gilmartin
6Gabriel Ynoa
7Josh Smoker
8Erik Goeddel
9Ben Rowen
10Adam Wilk
11Jenrry Mejia