In a time where pitching seems to be at a surplus for the Mets, it may prove to be a wise move that they did not unload their excess arms this past offseason. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told the media Friday that right hander Zack Wheeler has been scratched from his Saturday start against the Washington Nationals due to elbow tendinitis and a blister underneath his right index finger.
Alderson downplayed Wheeler’s injury:
Sandy on Wheeler: “At this point we don’t expect it’s going to be a major issue. He’s been seen for this in the past.”
— Matt Ehalt (@MattEhalt) March 13, 2015
Alderson also said that Wheeler had tendinitis in his elbow last season, and it was managed. The GM told reporters that the young righty went through extensive tests during the winter and there was no issue of concern.
“He’s had all the MRIs that he needs. He had it looked at in the offseason. This is something he experienced a little bit during the course of last season as well. It was managed. That’s what we expect this season. But we backed him off for that reason. We don’t expect this is going to be serious. Mostly it’s the finger that’s been a problem for him over the last few days,” Alderson told ESPN New York.
Wheeler is expected to make his next scheduled start, Thursday, March 19th. Tyler Pill will make the start for New York on Saturday in Port St. Lucie.
Wheeler, 24, was 11-11 with a 3.54 ERA in 32 starts in 2014. He impressed down the stretch, though pitch inefficiency has plagued him throughout his two-year career.
In other Mets pitching news, reliever Vic Black underwent an MRI on Friday for his shoulder. Sandy Alderson said that Mets officials think that the issue is likely only tendinitis.
Black figures to be an essential piece in the Mets bullpen, especially with Josh Edgin having to be on the DL for an extended period of time.