The bad injury news keeps coming for the Mets.
Tuesday afternoon the team confirmed right-hander Zack Wheeler has been shut down from his Tommy John surgery rehab due to discomfort in his elbow. He's going to see a doctor Wednesday.
Collins said Zack Wheeler experienced elbow discomfort in the minors. Alderson said he will be seen by doctors in NYC tomorrow.— James Wagner (@ByJamesWagner) June 21, 2016
Wheeler had his Tommy John surgery last March, so he's 15 months outs from the procedure already. He was scheduled to begin facing hitters in simulated games this week, then head out on a minor league rehab assignment before rejoining the team sometime in July. Tuesday's injury figures to change that timetable.
Of course, the Mets are in pretty good shape with their rotation for the time being. Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, and Bartolo Colon form a fine starting five. The team would still like Wheeler to be healthy for depth purposes, plus he would be a trade candidate. Remember, they agreed to send Wheeler to the Brewers for Carlos Gomez last July before the deal fell apart.
The Mets are currently without David Wright (neck) and Lucas Duda (back) long-term. Jim Henderson (biceps) and Juan Lagares (thumb) were recently placed on the DL too. Henderson was placed on the DL just Tuesday. On the bright side, the Mets did welcome Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) back from the DL Tuesday.
Wheeler, 26, was originally acquired from the Giants in the 2011 Carlos Beltran trade. He went 11-11 with a 3.54 ERA (97 ERA+) in 32 starts and 185 1/3 innings in 2014, his only full MLB season to date.