Wheeler (shoulder) played catch Wednesday, Matt Ehalt of Yahoo Sports reports. Wheeler landed on the injured list Tuesday with a shoulder injury. His stay isn't expected to be a lengthy one, a notion supported by the fact that the right-hander has already resumed throwing. Wheeler is eligible to return next Tuesday.
Wheeler (shoulder) said that his MRI results were "pretty much clean," Tim Healey of Newsday reports. Wheeler was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with what the Mets termed shoulder fatigue, though he referred to the issue as an impingement. Regardless of the exact nature of the injury, both Wheeler and the Mets seem to expect his absence to be a brief one.
Wheeler's bout with shoulder fatigue isn't viewed as a serious concern and he's expected to result in a minimum-length stay on the 10-day injured list, Matt Ehalt of Yahoo Sports reports. While it's not overly reassuring that Wheeler needed to be shut down despite getting some extended rest with the All-Star break, a source tells Ehalt that the Mets are exercising caution with the right-hander more than anything. Assuming Wheeler is feeling good after another week of rest, he could rejoin the rotation as soon as July 23. That would put Wheeler on track to make two showcase starts before the July 31 trade deadline.
The Mets intend to place Wheeler on the 10-day injured list due to right shoulder fatigue, a source tells Tim Healey of Newsday. Wheeler had been in line to start Tuesday's series opener in Minnesota, but Healey's report suggests the right-hander likely experienced some discomfort during his side session over the weekend. Since Wheeler's last appearance came prior to the All-Star break, his IL stint can only be backdated three days, leaving him ineligible for reinstatement until at least July 23. The Mets will likely name a replacement starter for Tuesday when the team formally announces Wheeler's placement on the IL.
Wheeler (6-6) gave up six runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out seven through five innings to take the loss against the Phillies on Sunday. Wheeler ran into trouble from the start as he allowed a hit to five of the first six hitters he faced and gave up four runs in the first inning. He was able to recover and pitch four scoreless frames before being chased from the game in the sixth. The 29-year-old could be a trade candidate for the selling Mets, but this performance did not improve his value. Wheeler has a 6-6 record with a 4.69 ERA through 19 starts heading into the All-Star break.