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Top prospect Zack Wheeler sidelined by oblique strain

Feb 27, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

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The Mets scratched right-hander Zack Wheeler from his scheduled outing Wednesday because of a strained oblique suffered while hitting in the cage.

Wheeler didn’t believe the injury was serious, saying he hopes to make his next start. The Mets, though, figure to be extra cautious with the 22-year-old, who rates among the game’s top five pitching prospects. Wheeler is already locked in to starting the season in Triple-A, so there’s no reason to take any chances and have him risk a setback.

Wheeler was due to make his first spring start today after throwing two scoreless innings out of the pen Saturday against the Nationals. He was a bit wild in that one, but he topped out at 97 mph.  Had he pitched against the Cardinals today, Wheeler would have had a chance to face Carlos Beltran, the star the Mets gave up to acquire Wheeler from the Giants in 2011.

  1. American of African Descent - Feb 27, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Yet another reason we should go to the universal DH.

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 27, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      yeah, good luck with that.

      • American of African Descent - Feb 27, 2013 at 5:04 PM

        Considering that I’m not in any MLB executive office, I’ll need all of the luck I can get.

  2. cosanostra71 - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Sabean has made some great moves, but the Beltran trade certainly wasn’t one of them.

    • thebadguyswon - Feb 27, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      True, but you didn’t know it would be that bad at the time. Beltran was on fire and he hit well for SF.

      • cosanostra71 - Feb 27, 2013 at 6:58 PM

        fair enough, hindsight is always 20/20.

  3. jrd8523 - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Longtime San Jose Giants season ticket holder. Loved watching this kid, what an arm. Get excited Mets fans. Stay healthy Wheeler!

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