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Wheeler satisfied elbow injury is not serious

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Rather than prepare for his originally scheduled Grapefruit League start against the Nationals, Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler spent his Saturday morning downplaying the elbow injury and blister that forced him to the sideline.

“It’s something that I’ve had before and had to deal with,” Wheeler said of his right elbow tendinitis in particular. “It mainly sort of picked up last year, but I’ve had it my whole career. It’s been that way. I’ve dealt with it and stuff. I’m just going day-to-day with it.”

For now, that means a brief period of rest. The Mets treated Wheeler’s discomfort last season with anti-inflammatories and other treatments, but no injections. And Wheeler simply pitched through the pain — finishing 11-11 with a 3.54 ERA in his first full season. His blister is a recurring injury that he has had since high school, and also something he believes he can manage.

“Every pitcher in here pitches through pain at some point,” Wheeler said. “It’s just a matter of dealing with it. … You don’t want to push yourself during Spring Training. The games don’t mean anything here. I’m just trying to get myself right for the season when the games actually do mean something.”

Wheeler plans to rest for a few days, throw a bullpen later this week and make his next scheduled start, as he continues to compete for an Opening Day assignment. Right-hander Tyler Pill took his spot Saturday against the Nationals, in what the Mets anticipate being a one-start hiatus.

Still, the club has reason to be concerned, considering Major League Baseball’s growing history of elbow injuries turning into operations. Over the past 20 months, Mets pitchers Matt Harvey, Bobby Parnell and Jeremy Hefner (twice) have undergone Tommy John surgeries. Reliever Josh Edgin is currently considering an operation as well. Outside the Mets’ clubhouse, Rangers ace Yu Darvish is about to join the growing ranks of top-flight arms headed for the operating table.

“You always have that in the back of your head, but you try not to change anything you’re doing — arm angle, mechanics, that kind of stuff,” Wheeler said. “You just keep doing what you’re doing and trust it.”

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Mets enjoying early draft returns

The Mets’ first selection in last year’s First-Year Player Draft, Brandon Nimmo, is currently in extended Spring Training preparing for his next challenge in Class A ball.

As for the team’s next five selections, all pitchers, the combined line looks like this: 36.2 IP, 41 K, 8 BB, 1.72 ERA.

Here are the individual lines:

RHP Michael Fulmer
Selected: Comp round, 44th overall
Level: Class A Savannah
Stats: 1 GS, 4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

RHP Cory Mazzoni
Selected: 2nd round, 71st overall
Level: Class A St. Lucie
Stats: 2 GS, 11.0 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K

RHP Logan Verrett
Selected: 3rd round, 101st overall
Level: Class A Savannah
Stats: 2 GS, 10.0 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 14 K

RHP Tyler Pill
Selected: 4th round, 132nd overall
Level: Class A Savannah
Stats: 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K

LHP Jack Leathersich
Selected: 5th round, 162nd overall
Level: Class A Savannah
Stats: 2 G, 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K

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