According to Mets manager Terry Collins, starting pitcher Zack Wheeler will be shut down for the remainder of the season. Collins noted that Wheeler’s shoulder was stiff after his last start, and that the team was taking a precautionary measure by ending his season one or two starts early.
Collins noted that Wheeler is fine, but in light of “what’s happened with Matt [Harvey], it’s not time to take chances.” According to Collins, Wheeler wanted to throw a bullpen session and Collins refused to allow it. Collins later added that shutting Wheeler down was an “organizational decision.”
Wheeler was at 168.2 innings, meaning that he likely had no more than 11 innings left this season due to his innings limit.
Collins also told reporters that Wheeler won’t be seeing a doctor or having an MRI.
After the news broke, the Mets tweeted the following:
Zack Wheeler will be shut down for the remaining 2013 season. He is healthy. Wheeler finishes the year 7-5 with 3.42 ERA.
— New York Mets (@Mets) September 21, 2013
In his rookie campaign, Wheeler went 7-5 with a 3.42 ERA and 1.36 WHIP. In 100 innings pitched after being promoted from AAA Las Vegas, he allowed 90 hits, walked 46, and struck out 84.
This sounds completely precautionary, and the Mets’ tweet supports that. However, it’s odd that Collins noted that Wheeler wouldn’t be seeing a doctor or getting an MRI. Any discomfort Wheeler feels (even if it’s just ordinary stiffness) should be examined. Collins has a history of saying things that don’t make much sense and/or speaking out of turn, so I’ll reserve judgment until Sandy Alderson weighs in.