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Mets Injury Update: Wheeler shut down for remainder of season

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 17: Zack Wheeler
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 17: Zack Wheeler

Zack Wheeler has spent two stints on the disabled list, the latest for a stress reaction in his arm which has sidelined him since late July

The New York Mets announced a slew of injury updates Thursday morning. One of them was that Zack Wheeler will be shut down for the rest of the season. Wheeler was placed on the disabled list in late July with a stress reaction in his right arm.

Wheeler ends his return campaign with a 3-7 mark and a 5.21 ERA in 86.1 innings pitched. He struck out 81 batters and issued 40 walks. This was off the heels of returning to a Major League mound for the first time in over two years after he was sidelined by Tommy John surgery and a slower than average recovery.

Once upon a time, Wheeler was looked at as a potential mainstay in this rotation. After his 2014 campaign and the ensuing surgery, it’s been a struggle for Wheeler to get back to the mound and find the form he started to display in the second half of ’14 when he went 6-3 with a 3.04 ERA in 13 starts.

Wheeler went through a strong stretch this season that began in early May. Then came the two starts against Texas and Chicago that saw him give up 15 runs, which led to his first DL stint of the year. Wheeler came back to the mound 12 days later, but was still getting knocked around. He allowed 24 hits and 13 runs in 20 innings before he landed back on the DL in late July.

This coming off-season has turned into one of many injury question marks for the whole staff. Wheeler will be one of the prime concerns among them. The Mets still have two years of control before Wheeler is free agent eligible in 2020.

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The timetable on Wheeler’s return is still unclear as he is battling an injury that seems similar to what Matt Harvey went through. Once he does come back, he’ll most likely once again fight for a slot at the back end of the rotation.