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Justin Wilson dealing with elbow inflammation

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Wilson has elbow inflammation, but hopes to return soon.

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Justin Wilson, recently placed back on the Injured List, is dealing with elbow inflammation, not structural damage, according to Mets manager Mickey Callaway in his pre-game press conference. It appears that Wilson will return from the IL once he is eligible on May 21st.

The Mets placed Wilson on the 10-day IL on Saturday, with the same nagging elbow soreness that plagued him in the latter part of April. This IL trip is already Wilson’s second of the season. Eric Hanhold was recently called up to fill the void left by Wilson, but was sent back down with Jeurys Familia coming off the IL.

Wilson was signed to a two-year, $10 million by the Mets in the offseason, but has not lived up to his price tag. Thus far, Wilson has yielded 9 hits in 9.1 innings and sports an unfavorable ERA of 4.82.

In other Mets pitching news, Jason Vargas threw a bullpen session today after hitting the IL on May 6th with a hamstring issue. Due to the rainout on Sunday, the Mets’ pitching rotation has been juggled around, but Jacob deGrom is set to start on Friday for the team in Miami. Callaway also said that Steven Matz’s status is unknown for the weekend but, even if activated, wouldn’t pitch until Sunday, leaving the Mets in need of a starter for Saturday’s game.