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Zack Wheeler | Starting Pitcher | #45

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/30/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 196
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (6) / SF
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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

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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

Zack Wheeler (elbow) is expected to throw off a mound later this week.

It should happen on Saturday. Wheeler is making great progress in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. He was actually slated for mound work last month but the Mets decided to push back his timetable, keeping him on the same 15-month track they used for Matt Harvey. The Mets are still targeting July 1 for Wheeler's return date.
Feb 22 - 10:58 AM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) is projected to rejoin the Mets' rotation in July.

Wheeler underwent Tommy John surgery last March and also had his flexor pronator repaired. The Mets are playing things safe with his rehab process, so he has yet to throw off a mound. "I was supposed to be on the mound the beginning of January, but the doctors have decided 15 months is the new 12 months, so they pushed me back about a month," said Wheeler. There's still a long way to go, but a return out of the All-Star break appears to be realistic. Bartolo Colon was brought back on a one-year deal over the winter and will hold down a spot in the rotation for now.
Feb 2 - 9:23 AM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) has progressed to throwing from 120 feet on flat ground in his rehab from Tommy John surgery.

It's the final step before he's able to progress to throwing off a mound, something he said he would like to do after the new year. He's targeting a June or July return to the Mets after having the surgery done this past March. Wheeler was mentioned in some trade rumors recently but it seems likely the Mets will hold onto the 25-year-old. Wheeler is under team control through 2019.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 05:33:00 PM

Mets assistant GM John Ricco told Newsday that the team isn't "actively shopping" Zack Wheeler.

"We're not actively shopping Zack by any stretch. But as with the other starters, if something came up that we thought made us better, we're going to talk about it," Ricco said. This sentiment backs an earlier report from ESPN New York's Adam Rubin on November 10. Wheeler missed the entire 2015 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March. While the team's vowing that they won't trade the 25-year-old right-hander unless they're hit with a huge deal, he's not untouchable. Indeed, Wheeler nearly moved at the trade deadline when the Mets made a run at acquiring Carlos Gomez. Whether he remains on the Mets or not, he isn't expected to be ready to pitch in major league action until sometime in the summer of 2016.
Source: Newsday
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 10:51:00 AM

Adam Rubin of ESPN York reports that the Mets are unlikely to trade Zack Wheeler this offseason.

Wheeler doesn't fit in the "near-untouchable" list which includes Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, and Steven Matz, but Rubin hears writes that they'd have to be "bowled over" in order to move him. Of course, the Mets nearly traded Wheeler to the Brewers for Carlos Gomez in July, so there could be some exceptions if the right deal is there. Wheeler, who underwent Tommy John surgery in March and also had his flexor pronator repaired, is expected to be ready to return to game action by around midseason next year.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 01:56:00 PM

Mets activated RHP Zack Wheeler from the 40-man roster.

He's now been returned to the 40-man roster. Wheeler will be out until midseason next year as he makes his way back from Tommy John surgery.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 09:30:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Kevin Plawecki
3Rene Rivera
1B1Lucas Duda
2B1Neil Walker
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Wilmer Flores
3Matt Reynolds
3B1David Wright
2Eric Campbell
3Ty Kelly
LF1Michael Conforto
2Alejandro De Aza
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
3Antonio Bastardo
4Jerry Blevins
5Hansel Robles
6Logan Verrett
7Jim Henderson
8Jenrry Mejia