Zack Wheeler underwent Tommy John surgery back in March, and today he threw for the first time since undergoing that reconstructive surgery to both his ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) and pronator teres tendon (PT). Without any major setbacks, Wheeler should be able to return to the Mets around June of next season.
According to ESPN.com, Wheeler threw the ball 30 times today in Port St. Lucie. He made 15 throws before reaching 60 feet, and another 15 throws thereafter. Here is some video footage of Wheeler throwing:
Wheeler's name has also been in the news of late in trade rumor discussions leading up to the deadline this Friday. While it remains unlikely that Wheeler gets dealt, he was not one of the names deemed untouchable in the Mets' pursuit of an impact bat to add to the middle of their lineup. Nevertheless, he's a valuable piece of the Mets' young starting pitching core that is among the best rotations in baseball.
Wheeler threw 185.1 innings for the Mets in 2014. He won 11 games and finished the season with a 3.57 ERA and 187 strikeouts.