The New York Mets have decided to shut down starting pitcher Zack Wheeler. Their budding young star felt stiffness in his pitching shoulder during his last start on Tuesday against San Francisco – who coincidentally traded Wheeler to the Mets for Carlos Beltran in 2011.
With Matt Harvey already facing the possibility of missing time next season due to an injury in his pitching elbow – and the Mets long out of contention – this is probably the best move for the franchise.
“With what’s happened with Matt, it’s not the time to take chances right now,” Mets’ manager Terry Collins told ESPNNewYork.com’s Adam Rubin. “… In any sport, in any game, in any athlete, fatigue leads to injuries. [Wheeler is] starting to wear down. He’s the one who has been talking about how tired he has been getting anyway. But he did want to go one more time, and we said no.”
Wheeler agreed with decision.
“It was a group decision,” Wheeler said. “I’m 20 innings over what I had last year. It’s a little stiff, so we’re just being cautious.”
If the Mets can get their two young stars – Harvey and Wheeler — back and healthy, the future is bright in the Big Apple.