These days, it's hard to get excited about Zack Wheeler with all the other flamethrowers the Mets have introduced to their starting rotation, but he's only a couple years removed from being the next big thing and, assuming his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery goes as expected, should be back to throwing 98-mph fastballs in no time. Whether he'll throw them straight is another matter. Walks are what kept him from emerging as a Fantasy standout prior to the procedure, but he did average 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings in his final 13 starts. The upside is still there, so particularly if your league offers a DL spot, he's worth a draft-and-stash late.
Wheeler and the Mets are targeting a July 1 return date from Tommy John surgery, Adam Rubin of ESPN reports. The Mets previously had not ruled out an early-June return, but now the timetable has been pushed back a bit. Wheeler is hoping that an altered arm angle can help him recover more effectively and improve his command going forward, similar to what Jacob deGrom did after his Tommy John surgery.
Wheeler, recovering from Tommy John surgery, has altered the arm angle of his delivery hoping for more downward action on his pitches and less stress on the elbow, the NY Post reports. Jacob deGrom made a similar modification to his delivery after undergoing Tommy John surgery with great success. Wheeler hopes that this change will also improve his command and control and he expects to rejoin the Mets' rotation in late-June or early-July.
Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler (elbow) said Monday that he is hoping to return in early June, per MLB.com. Wheeler remains in Florida, rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. The right-hander has been throwing on flat ground for well over a month, and he expects to gradually ramp up his workload over the winter. He went a combined 18-16 with a 3.50 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in 49 starts in 2013 and 2014, averaging almost 95 mph on his fastball while striking out batters at a 22.1 percent clip.
Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler has not suffered a setback in his recovery from arm surgery and remains on progress to pitch next season, reports ESPN.com. Wheeler is on pace to return in June or July of 2016. Wheeler had Tommy John surgery in March, but he has been able to throw off flat ground from 70-75 feet recently.
The Mets have reportedly backed out of a deal that would have sent Carlos Gomez to the New York from the Brewers. Sources tell FoxSports.com that the Mets had concerns over Gomez's medical records, and decided not to follow through on the proposed deal, which would have sent Wilmer Flores and Zack Wheeler to Milwaukee. Gomez spent time on the disabled list earlier this season with a hip injury, but he has played all but one game since June 23. However, it seems the Mets' staff did not like what they saw in the medical report. There had been thought that the Brewers saw something in Wheeler's medical charts, as he had Tommy John surgery in March. But reports are saying it's Gomez's injury history that has nixed the deal.