Mets shouldn’t risk rushing Zack Wheeler into bullpen

PORT ST. LUCIE — The Mets were seduced. Just over a month ago, red flags were going adult all over a place about Zack Wheeler. The righthander, who has had a quite formidable liberation and rehab from March 2015 Tommy John surgery, reported love in his bend after his initial bullpen of a season. The Mets immediately pushed him behind a few days and talked about being discreet with him.

Two starts later, when Wheeler illuminated adult a radar gun and had no apparent setbacks, a Mets were articulate about scrapping that strange devise to keep him in Florida and relocating him to a bullpen. A week ago, sources were austere Wheeler would really be left behind in extended open training and brought behind to a majors slowly.

Wednesday morning, however, a Mets were articulate about Wheeler starting a deteriorate in a bullpen again.

“We’re deliberating it,” Mets pitching manager Dan Warthen pronounced Wednesday morning. “He’s bounced behind great.”

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Wednesday afternoon should give a Mets reason to reconsider. After Wheeler struggled in a Mets’ 15-9 detriment to a Marlins, however, Mets manager Terry Collins pronounced that starting him in a bullpen was still a possibility.

Piggy-backing off Steven Matz’s start, Wheeler struggled to find a strike section and when he did he left a round adult and got strike hard. He gave adult 4 warranted runs on 4 hits, including dual home runs. He walked three, strike a batter, threw a furious representation and struck out one over 3 innings. He threw 66 pitches with his fastball sitting during 93-94 and touching 97 late in his appearance.

“I hadn’t been to 50 pitches in a prolonged time, throwing that tough with that many pitches, it’s a plus,” Wheeler said. “They strike some good pitches also….did leave a round adult a few times, so…”

Wheeler pronounced a arm feels good and that he’s encouraged. But even he knows he is still operative his approach back.

How Mets’ Zack Wheeler did during live batting practice

That should finish a bullpen discussions.

But a Mets are tempted by saying him consistently strike 94-95 and even touching 97 mph frequently while staying healthy this spring.

Wheeler himself has even seemed to have a change of heart about his role.

After Sandy Alderson floated a suspicion of regulating Wheeler in a bullpen as a approach to conduct his innings limit, a 26-year aged was outspoken this winter about wanting to sojourn a starter. He met with Collins and Warthen this open and voiced those feelings. After his second start of a spring, however, Wheeler was clearly wavering. He pronounced his welfare was to mangle stay with a group and conduct north subsequent week.

Zack Wheeler’s pitches for initial time in dual years

“I don’t know. It’s adult to those guys,” Wheeler pronounced if he was scheming to start this season. “I am usually perplexing to get out of any tour healthy, build my representation count adult and we’ll go from there.”

Wednesday was not a red dwindle with Wheeler, it was a yellow flag. Proceed with caution.

The Mets came into open training priesthood that health was their priority this season. They had their pitchers fake to chuck during early-spring fielding practices and afterwards started their large guys out slower than common in Grapefruit League games.

Warthen threw cold H2O on a suspicion of regulating Wheeler out of a bullpen progressing this spring. Not usually is Wheeler entrance by a setback-filled rehab from surgery, though Warthen forked out he has always been a pitcher who takes longer to redeem from outings. While many starters like to chuck their bullpen event dual days after their starts during a season, Wheeler has selected to wait an additional day given of soreness.

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But Warthen and Collins certified on Wednesday they are severely deliberating regulating Wheeler out of a pen.

“We’ve got to consider about it,” Collins pronounced Wednesday morning, revelation a approach Wheeler has thrown this open has astounded them. “We’ve got to consider about a lot of options.”

The Mets could also rethink a speculation that they need to take a starter like Seth Lugo and put him in a bullpen, permitting Wheeler some-more time.

Wheeler has not pitched in a vital joining diversion given Sep 2014, usually when he was starting to figure out how to pitch. Scouts suspicion that Wheeler, if he ever schooled to authority his pitches, could be a best of a Mets’ immature arms. He throws hard, has a really false smoothness and is that singular pitcher who has a lot of strikeouts and induces a lot of belligerent balls.

It’s delicious for sure, though it’s not value a risk. 

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