Zack Wheeler is officially pitching again!
Last night right-hander Zack Wheeler pitched in his first rehab game since undergoing Tommy John surgery last March. The 26-year old pitcher threw only 17 pitches for the St. Lucie Mets as his start was cut short due to a rain delay. Wheeler allowed an unearned run as well as a walk in his lone inning of work. He also was reportedly hitting 90-96 mph last night which is an encouraging sign as well as he works his way back to the Mets rotation.
Wheeler will make another start sometime this upcoming week, and he is on track to join the Mets rotation during the first week of September at the latest. The Mets could certainly use Wheeler’s presence in the rotation, as the Mets are currently internally discussing whether to boot Logan Verrett from the rotation after his disappointing start last night. Since Verrett has taken over for the injured Matt Harvey in the Mets rotation he has posted a 5.61 ERA in six starts. It is unclear as of right now who would replace Verrett in the rotation, but that spot will certainly go to Wheeler when he is ready to be activated by the end of the month.