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Zack Wheeler plays catch, hopes to return to mound this weekend

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Wheeler hasn’t pitched since 2014 after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

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

Zack Wheeler played catch with teammates Thursday, according to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, moving closer toward returning to the mound after feeling some elbow discomfort following a bullpen session earlier this week. Wheeler said he hopes to throw from a mound again on Saturday or Sunday, slightly later than on Friday, as originally expected.

The Mets said that Wheeler’s irritation was caused by lingering scar tissue from the Tommy John surgery that he had back in 2015. His routine spring training physical showed no structural damage to the elbow.

Wheeler hasn’t pitched in a major league game since the 2014 season, during which he made 32 starts and had a 3.54 ERA and 3.55 FIP over the span of 185.1 innings. In total, he has a 3.50 ERA and 3.77 FIP in 49 starts over 285.1 innings in his major league career, all of which he spent with the Mets since coming over in the Carlos Beltran trade back in 2011.