60DZack Wheeler SP NYM 1 day ago

Wheeler (elbow) threw off the slope of the mound Monday and will next progress in the next few weeks to a tossing a full bullpen session, ESPN's Adam Rubin reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

No timeframe has been set yet for Wheeler to toss a bullpen session. But he has progressed steadily from stage to stage in his rehab, save for a slight setback to remove a stitch in his elbow in April. All signs currently point to a July 1 return, thought that's dependent on no setbacks.

60DZack Wheeler SP NYM 1 week ago

General manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that Wheeler (elbow) is "on target" for July 1 return date, ESPN's Adam Rubin reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Mets have been patient with Wheeler during his rehab to get back on the mound following his Tommy John surgery last spring, and while there's been a loose expectation that he could be back as soon as the All-Star break, Alderson's comments Tuesday indicate that Wheeler could be back even sooner. However, Rubin notes that the July 1 target date would only be realistic if Wheeler is able to continue to rehab without any setbacks--which is no guarantee. Still, Alderson's comments Tuesday suggest that the organization is confident in Wheeler's progress.

60DZack Wheeler SP NYM 1 month ago

Wheeler (elbow) resumed his throwing program Tuesday, Marc Carig of Newsday Sports reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

This marks the first time that Wheeler has thrown since undergoing a minor procedure to remove an undissolved stitch in his elbow on April 12. As long as there are no further complications, the right-hander seems to be on track for a return after the All-Star break.

60DZack Wheeler SP NYM 1 month ago

Wheeler (elbow) was transfered to the 60-day DL on Tuesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With the addition of Rene Rivera to the major league roster, the Mets needed to clear space on the 40-man roster. It's purely a procedural move, as Wheeler wasn't expected to return before the All-Star break anyway, but he may be nearing the point in his recovery where he's ready to begin playing catch.

60DZack Wheeler SP NYM 1 month ago

Wheeler (elbow) has returned to High-A Port St. Lucie and will be evaluated Monday to determine if he is ready to begin playing catch, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It's a step in the right direction for Wheeler, who recently underwent a procedure to remove an undissolved stitch from his throwing elbow. Although the setback has delayed his 2016 debut, the Mets remain optimistic that the right-hander is still on track for a return in the first week of July.

60DZack Wheeler SP NYM 1 month ago

Wheeler (elbow) underwent a minor procedure Tuesday to remove an undissolved stitch from his elbow and will resume throwing in a few days, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

This procedure was expected to happen, and it appears that it went successfully. Although the operation will delay Wheeler's return from Tommy John surgery a bit, he should be able to resume his regular rehab process once his elbow is recovered from the most recent surgery.

60DZack Wheeler SP NYM 2 months ago

Wheeler will undergo a minor procedure to remove an undissolved stitch in his elbow and will need two weeks to recover, ESPN New York reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

While the procedure will delay Wheeler's recovery from Tommy John surgery by about two weeks, the good news is an MRI on his elbow done Thursday came back "super clean," so he should be able to simply pick up where he left off once the wound from his latest procedure heals. Wheeler had reportedly been targeting a return to the Mets around July 1, but his upcoming procedure could push his return past the All-Star break.

60DZack Wheeler SP NYM 2 months ago

Wheeler (elbow) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After missing the entire 2015 season, Wheeler is nearing the end of his recovery from Tommy John surgery. The 25-year-old went 11-11 with a 3.54 ERA in 2014, and although he will likely miss the first couple months of the season, he will have the opportunity to compete for the fifth spot in the rotation with Bartolo Colon once healthy.

60DZack Wheeler SP NYM 3 months ago1 Comment

Wheeler (elbow) threw off a mound for two minutes without incident Saturday, Adam Rubin of ESPN.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

That's another major step in Wheeler's recovery, which figures to be extremely cautious given his youth and the Mets' plethora of rotation options. Wheeler is still targeting a July 1 return date, when a spot in the rotation is almost certainly waiting for him.

60DZack Wheeler SP NYM 3 months ago

Wheeler will throw 10-15 pitches off a mound Saturday, which will be the first time he has done so since Tommy John surgery, ESPN New York reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Mets are proceeding cautiously with Wheeler, similar to how they treated Matt harvey when he returned from the same surgery. The organization could push Wheeler, but given the depth in their rotation, they can allow him 15 rather than 12 months to be ready to rejoin the rotation. Wheeler should be ready for game action with the Mets on July 1.