New York Mets right-handed pitcher Zack Wheeler’s shoulder fatigue isn’t really worrying him as he hits the 10-day injured list.
On Monday, the New York Mets placed righty Zack Wheeler on the 10-day injured list. Wheeler was found to have some fatigue in his shoulder. It shouldn’t be too serious, as Tim Healey of Newsday reports that there’s no structural damage to Wheeler’s shoulder.
Wheeler spoke to the media Tuesday ahead of the Mets’ game against the Minnesota Twins. Wheeler confirmed reports and didn’t seem too concerned with what he was feeling. He mentioned that the injury “doesn’t scare” him.
Zack Wheeler defined his shoulder injury as an impingement. He says it "doesn't scare" him, and shouldn't keep him out long. pic.twitter.com/MaG01AnlIR
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) July 16, 2019
The IL placement is retroactive to Friday, July 12. Therefore, Wheeler won’t be able to pitch until July 23 at the earliest. The Mets called up righty Jacob Rhame from Triple-A Syracuse to replace Wheeler on Tuesday.
Mets left-hander Steven Matz‘ first start since June was moved up from Wednesday to Tuesday to accommodate the IL placement for Wheeler.
Wheeler is someone the Mets could deal in a trade ahead of the July 31 deadline. One of the teams that could end up taking the reins as Wheeler’s eventual destination is the New York Yankees. The Yanks currently lead the AL East Division and will want to add some firepower to their rotation as they look to surge towards a World Series title.
It’s unclear whether or not Wheeler’s injury will negatively affect his trade value. If he returns on July 23, he should be able to start two games as a showcase to potential suitors.