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Mets injury update: Zack Wheeler diagnosed with minor setback

The righty will be shut down for two weeks.

MLB: Miami Marlins at New York Mets Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Nerves were rattled Monday when it was revealed that Zack Wheeler was on his way to visit Dr. James Andrews after experiencing some elbow discomfort. Today assistant GM John Ricco told reporters that Wheeler has been diagnosed with a mild flexor strain and will be shut down for two weeks. Though Ricco would not rule out Wheeler appearing in a game this season, this latest setback seems like it would potentially prevent Wheeler from getting back to game form before the season ends.

The recovery process from Tommy John surgery has not been a smooth ride for Wheeler. He was initially slated to return to the rotation sometime around the All-Star break, which would have been 15 months since he had the surgery. That plan got pushed back in June, when Wheeler experienced some soreness and was sent to see doctors in New York.

After meeting with doctors, Wheeler was diagnosed with nerve irritation and the plan was to target an August return. Wheeler did resume baseball activities in July, and started taking steps to return to the rotation. He even made a rehab start at the beginning of August before this latest development.

Tommy John surgery has proven successful for many pitchers in the majors, but for some the recovery process is not always smooth. Steven Matz had his own troubles trying to come back from his surgery. He got the surgery in 2010 and after experiencing soreness nearly two years later he was told he could require a second one. Matz was able to work through it, and according to Marc Carig of Newsday, Matz recently talked to Wheeler about the frustrations of returning from this difficult surgery.