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Mets option Zack Wheeler to Triple-A Las Vegas

ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 07: Zack Wheeler
ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 07: Zack Wheeler

After a tough Spring Training, the Mets decided to option Zack Wheeler to minor league camp on Saturday morning.

Zack Wheeler’s 2018 season will officially begin in Triple-A Las Vegas as the Mets decided to option the right hander to minor league camp on Saturday morning. Wheeler had a very rough go of it in camp this Spring pitching to an ERA of 8.10 in only 10 innings.

It looks as if Seth Lugo, who has had a great camp, will now slot into the rotation to begin the season.

It has certainly been a roller coaster of a ride for Wheeler since he returned to the team last season after Tommy John surgery wiped out his 2015 and 2016 seasons. Wheeler has tried everything he can to stay healthy for the 2018 campaign, even going as far as injecting bone strengthening medicine into his stomach. Health has not yet been an issue this spring but the results have clearly not been there.

Much has been made recently about the “fab five” finally taking at least one full turn through the rotation to begin this season but it appears that will yet again not happen, at least for now. A much bigger question now becomes what will Wheeler be once he re-surfaces again on the main roster?

The team has flirted with the idea of making him a relief pitcher but odds are they will need him in the rotation at some point this season. It will be interesting to see if they stick with him in the Las Vegas rotation or if they decide to experiment with him in the pen.

Next: Conforto to make debut Friday

It has not been easy an easy road at times for the once highly touted prospect but this will probably not be the last we see of Zack Wheeler on the Mets staff.