Zack Wheeler hasn’t appeared in regular season game since the 2014 season, but his return to action is starting to get close.
The moment you’ve all been waiting for is finally here…almost.
Former top-prospect and Tommy John victim Zack Wheeler is merely days away from beginning a rehab assignment for the New York Mets down with Class A St. Lucie later this week, according to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo.
He’s pitched to a 3.50 career ERA in 49 starts for New York, with an 18-16 record. Not to mention, he’s punched out 271 batters on strikes in 285.1 innings pitched.
Wheeler, who is more than a year removed from his TJ surgery, has recently been throwing off the mound during bullpen sessions with no setbacks.
He is the so-called missing piece of a dominant and star-studded rotation. Wheeler may be the 5th wheel upon his arrival, but his talent is comparable to that of Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, and Steven Matz.
Zack Wheeler's getting close now. His rehab assignment is forthcoming. Wheeler may start for Class A St. Lucie this week. #Mets
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) June 14, 2016
The thing is, with the Mets lackluster offense making itself ever present throughout the past 1 1/2 months of baseball, we must – reluctantly – ask Mr. Wheeler: Can you play third base?
What about First? Catcher?
Hell, can you manage?