Less than a week after experiencing discomfort in his pitching elbow, Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler is back on the mound and throwing a baseball. That’s good news for the Queens faithful, especially those who panicked at the first sign of injury.
Arm injuries are nothing news to the Mets, as Wheeler along with fellow starters Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Steven Matz have all underwent Tommy John surgery at some point during their careers. Wheeler is the most recent case, and the procedure caused him to sit out the entire 2016 campaign. That’s made a return to his starting role far from certain, as Robert Gsellman came on strong at the end of last season and the coaching staff plans on limiting Wheeler to just over 100 innings in 2017.
Whether we see him in the rotation or out of the bullpen this spring, it’s good to have Wheeler back on the bump and throwing pitches. No matter his specific job at the outset of the regular season, the 26-year-old will almost certainly have a big impact on New York’s quest to capture its second National League pennant in three seasons.