Mets recall Zack Wheeler and option Greg Burke

Scott Cunningham

The Mets recalled top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler for the second time in a week. This time was due to a procedural loophole that temporarily allowed Wheeler to be the 26th man on the roster.

Per the team's Twitter account, the Mets have recalled top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler to the big club and optioned right-handed relief pitcher Greg Burke to Triple-A Las Vegas. Wheeler will make his second major league start tonight in Chicago against the White Sox. The move completes a round of roster musical chairs that was underway when a doubleheader allowed Wheeler to be called up temporarily as the Mets' 26th man.

The 23-year-old righty will look to build on his effective first start against his home town Atlanta Braves, when he pitched six shutout innings while striking out seven in a Mets win. Wheeler did walk five in that game, and has indicated that he will look to improve his control tonight.

Meanwhile, Greg Burke has been a decent option out of the bullpen this season. The Camden, New Jersey native has racked up 21 innings over 22 relief appearances with the Mets, and has done so with a perfectly cromulent 3.86 ERA, 19 strikeouts, and seven walks.

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