Zack Wheeler
SP NYM
5 days ago

Wheeler allowed four runs on four hits -- including two home runs -- and three walks Wednesday but remains in the discussion for a rotation spot, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. Wheeler hit 97 mph and threw 65 pitches Wednesday, and he's scheduled to start Monday's Grapefruit League contest.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander coughed up the pair of dingers in the eighth inning, possibly showing fatigue with the volume of work. Wheeler may have to dazzle in his Monday outing to overtake Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo in this battle. If he falters, a bullpen job or a trip to extended spring training may be in his future, though Wheeler has enough under his belt to earn consideration sometime this season even if his major league return is delayed.

Zack Wheeler
SP NYM
2 weeks ago

Wheeler's position to start the regular season has yet to be determined after he touched the upper-90s in his Cactus League appearance Thursday, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander was initially expected to begin the season at extended spring training, but Wheeler's showing on Thursday opened the eyes of the Mets brass. New York certainly isn't short on rotation candidates this spring, but Wheeler certainly remains in the conversation for a spot. Things should sort out as the end of the spring nears.

Zack Wheeler
SP NYM
3 weeks ago

Wheeler (elbow) threw two innings in his first Grapefruit League start, walking a batter, striking out another, and serving up a home run.

EDGE Analysis

The oft-injured 26-year-old appeared to come out of Friday's appearance healthy, which is definitely the best sign for fantasy owners and the Mets brass alike. The homer he served up to Matt Tuiasosopo was less than desirable, but he did a decent job of keeping the ball down outside of that, as three of the six outs he forced were groundouts. With this clean bill of health, Wheeler can now focus solely on claiming a spot in the Mets rotation.

Zack Wheeler
SP NYM
3 weeks ago

Wheeler (elbow) will get the start Friday in a split-squad game against the Braves, his first Grapefruit League action of the spring, The New York Daily News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen thinks Wheeler's hurdles are more mental than physical at this point, as he completes his long recovery from Tommy John surgery in 2015. "Once you get through it and it feels OK and you come out of it, then you can breathe a little bit and get going," Warthen said Thursday. "It's a matter of him getting out there and pitching and getting going. It's a matter of him knowing it's OK. We know it's OK, the doctors say it's OK, but until you go out and experience it, it's hard to know." The right-hander will be on a strict innings cap this season after his long layoff and may not be on the Opening Day 25-man roster, but a successful outing Friday will help the club determine how they want to proceed with Wheeler.

Zack Wheeler
SP NYM
4 weeks ago

Wheeler is expected to start the 2017 season in extended spring training Matt Ehalt of The Record reports.

EDGE Analysis

He's set to lose the No. 5 rotation spot to Robert Gsellman out of the gate. Wheeler's recovery from 2015 Tommy John surgery drags on, and prospective fantasy owners can't expect him to return to full strength until sometime this summer. Of course, that shouldn't completely remove him from the fantasy scene, but any fantasy player in a deep mixed league who wants to stash him must remain patient.

Zack Wheeler
SP NYM
4 weeks ago

Wheeler (elbow) is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut March 10 against the Braves, MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reports.

EDGE Analysis

He threw his first live batting practice of the spring on Wednesday, and now we have a firm date for his return to game action. Wheeler's return from Tommy John surgery has been a cautionary tale for anyone who thinks it is an easy road back, as he was supposed to be ready for game action last June. Health is a big concern, but the emergence of Robert Gsellman as a strong option for the fifth spot in the rotation is another obstacle for Wheeler.

Zack Wheeler
SP NYM
4 weeks ago

Wheeler (elbow) threw a live batting practice Wednesday and the Mets are hoping he can make his spring debut next week, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Reports say Wheeler threw between 20-25 pitches in the session, his second of the spring. The Mets have been extremely cautious with the right-hander this offseason, but it finally appears the rehab is nearing an end after two successful weeks. Look for Wheeler to make his Grapefruit League debut in one of the five games the Mets have between next Thursday and Saturday.

Zack Wheeler
SP NYM
1 month ago

Wheeler (elbow) looked "outstanding" during his bullpen session Sunday according to Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen, The New York Daily News reports. "(Wheeler) said he felt great," said manager Terry Collins.

EDGE Analysis

He'll toss a couple more bullpens before facing live hitters, but Wheeler appears to be back on track after some early spring soreness in his elbow. He hasn't pitched in the majors since 2014 due to a lengthy rehab from Tommy John surgery, so his workload will be limited this season, but he should be a factor in the team's rotation later on in 2017.

Zack Wheeler
SP NYM
1 month ago

Wheeler (elbow) will throw two more bullpen sessions, then two live batting practice sessions, before the Mets consider using him during Grapefruit League action, The New York Daily News reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 26-year-old has already had one setback this spring, so that timetable is hardly set in stone, but if Wheeler continues to make progress he could see some game action in a couple of weeks. The Mets will be very cautious with him given his long recovery period from Tommy John surgery in 2015, however, and the most likely plan for Wheeler still involves him staying in extended spring training when the regular season begins.

Zack Wheeler
SP NYM
1 month ago

Wheeler (elbow) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Wednesday at about 85-to-90 percent effort, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Wheeler threw a little harder than he did in his previous bullpen session Sunday, a sign that he's continuing to make strides in the recovery process from March 2015 Tommy John surgery. The Mets still seem content to proceed slowly with Wheeler throughout the spring, but the right-hander hasn't been ruled out for Opening Day.