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Mets starter Zack Wheeler expected to return Friday

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Jun 19, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 19, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports /
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Zack Wheeler is expected to be activated from the disabled list this Friday

This makes sense, as Wheeler was put on the 10-day disabled list last Wednesday due to biceps tendonitis. Since, it has also come out that the Mets wanted him to get some rest, which was another big motivating factor behind putting him on the DL.

The team is not yet publicly saying that he will be back on the mound after only missing one start. But, according to NY Daily News’ Kristie Ackert, a team source said that they “definitely” plan on having him pitch Friday’s game, which would be the opener against the Phillies.

For the first time since he was put on the disabled list, Wheeler threw a bullpen session on Sunday morning that seems to have been pretty successful. According to Dan Warthen, Wheeler threw 72 pitches at 95-100%.

"“He threw well. The ball came out good,” Warthen also said."

Warthen however made no comment about when Wheeler would be pitching next. He did make comments though about how the pitcher both looked and felt good. The two worked together for about a half hour.

This bullpen session is good news to hear, especially as we all have seen how poorly Wheeler had been pitching in his last two starts. To put things in perspective, in just 3.2 innings, he allowed 15 earned runs. Five of these were home runs. Yes, to put it bluntly, he was struggling.

Wheeler had a 2015 season consumed by Tommy John surgery, and a 2016 filled with many setbacks. Between this, and the fact that it seems as though no Mets pitcher (or player honestly) is safe, we all knew it was just a matter of time before he landed on the disabled list.

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Hopefully Wheeler got the rest that he needed, and we’ll see the Wheeler back on the mound from before these last few bad starts.

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