Despite an impressive debut which lead to a beer shower, New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler has been sent back to the minors.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom as the move was more procedural than anything. Given the doubleheader the Atlanta Braves and Mets played today, Wheeler was “technically” the 26th man on the roster and had to be sent back down, per MLB rules. It’s expected that he’ll be recalled before his next turn in the rotation.
As our own Josh Bresser documented earlier, Wheeler was fantastic in his first major league start, throwing six scoreless innings while striking out seven.
The young Wheeler, who still at times struggles with his command, did well in the hitter heavy Pacific Coast League this season prior to his call-up, posting a 4-2 record with 3.93 ERA and 73 strikeouts in just shy of 70 innings.