OUTZack Wheeler
SP NYM
3 months ago

Wheeler (elbow) has been shut down for the remainder of the season and is not scheduled to pick up a baseball again until he is gearing up for spring training, ESPN's Adam Rubin reports.

EDGE Analysis

His latest setback was diagnosed as a flexor muscle strain, and he has yet to return after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March of 2015. The fact that he won't be able to do any throwing before pitchers and catchers report suggests that he may not be ready to join the big league rotation when the 2017 season starts. He still needs to be rostered in deep dynasty leagues, but his inability to recover from his Tommy John surgery in what is considered a normal amount of time has to be concerning.

OUTZack Wheeler
SP NYM
4 months ago

Wheeler (elbow) was diagnosed with a mild flexor strain, Maria Guardado of NJ Advance Media reports.

EDGE Analysis

Wheeler's examination revealed that he hadn't suffered any ligament damage, but further time off is necessary. Moving forward, Wheeler will rest for two weeks before resuming workouts, at which point the Mets will figure out the appropriate way to proceed. New York isn't ruling out a return during the 2016 campaign, but Wheeler's rehab struggles indicate that they'll want to be careful with the 26-year-old.

OUTZack Wheeler
SP NYM
4 months ago

Wheeler is dealing with renewed elbow discomfort and will visit Dr. James Andrews, Matt Ehalt of the Bergen Record reports.

EDGE Analysis

He reported soreness after his one-inning rehab outing last week and the Mets understandably want to get a read on the extent of the setback. Wheeler admitted last month that he wasn't sure he could make it back this season, and his chances of pitching for the Mets this year are now looking slim in light of this news. This is just the latest in a series of bumps on his road back from Tommy John surgery.

OUTZack Wheeler
SP NYM
4 months ago

Wheeler (elbow) tossed 17 pitches in his lone inning of during a rehab game Saturday with High-A St. Lucie. He surrendered one walk and an unearned run.

EDGE Analysis

Wheeler, who was making his first appearance in a game since March 2015, was originally scheduled to work two innings, but a rain delay ended up nixing those plans. It was an encouraging outing nonetheless for the right-hander, whose fastball sat between 90 and 96 miles per hour during the game, according to ESPN.com's Adam Rubin. The Mets are hoping to have Wheeler back by September, but he could face strict innings limits as the team gears up for a potential postseason run.

OUTZack Wheeler
SP NYM
4 months ago

Wheeler (elbow) is scheduled to throw 35 pitches in a rehab outing Saturday at High-A St. Lucie, ESPN's Adam Rubin reports.

EDGE Analysis

Saturday will mark Wheeler's first game action since undergoing Tommy John surgery in the spring of 2015. He'll be capped at 35 pitches, so this will likely be the first of several rehab outings for Wheeler as he ups his workload. According to Rubin, the Mets will have up to thirty days to activate wheeler from the disabled list after he begins the rehab assignment, so Wheeler could conceivably be back with the big league club by early September.

OUTZack Wheeler
SP NYM
4 months ago

Wheeler will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Saturday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Wheeler threw a successful simulated game on Monday, putting him in position to make his first rehab start. This will be the first time Wheeler will pitch in a game since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2015. It's likely that Wheeler, barring any setbacks, will return to the Mets at some point in late August or early September.

OUTZack Wheeler
SP NYM
4 months ago

Wheeler (elbow) will throw to hitters Monday for the time since Tommy John surgery last March, with the next step to be the start of a rehab assignment, ESPN New York reports.

EDGE Analysis

Wheeler should be about 10 days away from beginning the rehab assignment, which should last about 30 days. That means, barring a setback, Wheeler is looking at an early-to-mid September return to the majors. It's unclear if Wheeler will start or relieve when he returns, but the likely plan is to have him slot into the rotation.

OUTZack Wheeler
SP NYM
4 months ago

Wheeler (elbow) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Friday but acknowledged the possibility he may not return this season, The Record's Matt Ehalt reports.

EDGE Analysis

He still needs to progress to facing batters before he can begin a 30-day rehab assignment. Pitching coach Dan Warthen estimated that Wheeler would need to face hitters for about 10 days before heading out to a minor league affiliate. The rehab assignment may not last the full 30 days, but he will need to build up his arm strength to the point where he can give the Mets 80-plus pitches per outing. With all of these variables, it seems unlikely Wheeler will be able to return before sometime in September, and it remains possible he does not return at all this season.

OUTZack Wheeler
SP NYM
4 months ago

Wheeler (elbow) has begun throwing bullpen sessions, Marc Carig of Newsday reports.

EDGE Analysis

Wheeler's timetable for return is not yet firm, but this progress, barring any setbacks, may be a signal that a rehab assignment may be in his near future. The pitcher is still recovering from Tommy John surgery, which he had in March of 2015.

OUTZack Wheeler
SP NYM
5 months ago

Wheeler is at least a month away from joining the Mets and could remain sidelined even longer due to slight setbacks in his recovery, GM Sandy Alderson said Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

Wheeler is throwing again from 90 feet and should start slope work again this week. But that is a step back from where he was a few weeks ago, when it looked like he would be able to rejoin the team in July. Once Wheeler progresses to slope work and bullpen sessions without setback, he would then be able to progress to kicking off the 30-day rehab assignment window. The possibility remains that Wheeler will not be back this year due to the continued pushback of return date.