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The Mets have shut down Zack Wheeler

Sep 21, 2013, 5:27 PM EDT

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According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets have decided to shut down Zack Wheeler after he complained of shoulder stiffness following his most recent start. The 22-year-old was slated to make one more start on Monday against the Reds, but that won’t happen now. The shoulder issue isn’t a major concern and won’t require an MRI, but Mets manager Terry Collins said that they don’t want to push it after what happened with Matt Harvey.

Wheeler made his major league debut in June and ended up posting a 3.42 ERA and 84/46 K/BB ratio over 100 innings. He faded a bit this month, walking 12 batters in 17 innings, but the Mets have to be pleased with what they saw during his first stint in the big leagues.

Wheeler will wrap up the year with 168 2/3 innings between the majors and minors, a 20-inning jump from what he threw last year between Double-A and Triple-A. If healthy, he should have a chance to progress to the 200-inning mark during his first full season in the majors next year.

  1. dondada10 - Sep 21, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    The Mets could have easily shut Wheeler down without announcing anything about his shoulder. I doubt they move Wheeler in the off-season, but he’s exactly the sort of piece that could be a corner stone in a traded for a proven bat. Given that this is the second time this year he’s had shoulder pain, and that he uses the dreaded inverted-V delivery, you gotta figure he’s value is somewhat diminished.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 21, 2013 at 7:05 PM

      Bats don’t come more proven than ARod. Let’s have the GMs trade the two straight up.

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