Results tagged ‘ Zack Wheeler ’

Wheeler has torn UCL; Tommy John surgery probable

Update, 12:39 p.m.

FORT MYERS, Fla. — For the second straight season, the Mets’ rotation will be incomplete.

Starting pitcher Zack Wheeler has been diagnosed with a completely torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, the team announced Monday, making Tommy John surgery inevitable. Though the Mets have not committed to the operation, general manager Sandy Alderson described Wheeler’s situation as “pretty clear-cut,” calling the diagnosis preliminary only because Wheeler has yet to meet with team orthopedist Dr. David Altchek.

Tommy John ligament-replacement surgery is the standard treatment for a torn UCL, requiring an approximate 12-month recovery.

“The diagnosis is not surprising,” Alderson said. “We had been forewarned by the doctors that his elbow was a concern, and that it was going to have to be managed over the course of this season. It wasn’t clear that the ligament was involved at that time, but we understood that we were going to have to manage his medical condition over the course of the season. So when he complained of the elbow pain, it wasn’t a surprise to us.

“When the elbow is involved, anything can happen.”

The news broke as Matt Harvey, who spent the entire 2014 season recovering from Tommy John surgery, prepared to make his third spring start.

“Thanks for everybody’s support and kind words,” Wheeler wrote on Twitter. “It’s greatly appreciated. Long road ahead.”

Wheeler, 24, was 11-11 with a 3.54 ERA in 32 starts last season, putting him in contention for the Mets’ Opening Day start. But his elbow was an issue as far back as last summer, Alderson said, when he first complained of discomfort. The Mets ordered an MRI last September, as Wheeler was putting the finishing touches on a 16-start run that saw him go 8-3 with a 2.71 ERA. Though that test came back clean, Wheeler complained of elbow discomfort again over the winter. A second MRI in January also showed no UCL tear.

Reporting to Spring Training in February as usual, Wheeler complained of elbow discomfort a third time last week, prompting the Mets to scratch him from his Saturday start. At the time, they said it was more due to a blister underneath his right middle fingernail than to anything related to the elbow, with Alderson going as far as to say that Wheeler would not need another MRI. That changed a day later, when the team sent him for one and forwarded the results to Dr. Altchek in New York.

Shortly thereafter, it became clear that Wheeler was destined to become the fifth Mets pitcher to undergo Tommy John surgery in the past 20 months, joining Harvey, Bobby Parnell, Jeremy Hefner (twice) and Josh Edgin. Several pitchers with partially torn UCLs have attempted to rehab their injuries instead of undergo surgery, most notably Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka. But rehab is only possible if the UCL is not completely torn, as Wheeler’s is.

“It’s a blow, but at the same time we knew there would be a lot of uncertainty surrounding Zack and his elbow over the course of the season,” Alderson said. “We’re obviously not happy he won’t be with us, but I think if there’s a silver lining, it’s that we now have some certainty. We know that we have a solution for this, that he won’t have to manage the kind of pain that I think he had to manage over the course of last season. Doing that over a career is simply unsustainable.”

To replace Wheeler in the rotation, the Mets will almost certainly turn to Dillon Gee, a longtime starter who had been demoted to bullpen work. But the Mets also have several top prospects ready or close to ready for the Majors, including Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz and Rafael Montero. They will be considerations early in the season, if not immediately.

Said Alderson: “We’re still digesting the injury to Zack and really have not started to address that issue.”

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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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Three Up, Three Down: Bravo, Bravo Edition

Tuesday: Mets 3, Braves 2
Three Up: Dillon Gee, Juan Lagares, Jeurys Familia
Three Down: Eric Young, Eric Campbell, Lucas Duda

Wednesday: Braves 3, Mets 2
Three Up: Zack Wheeler, Buddy Carlyle, Wilmer Flores
Three Down: Ruben Tejada, Travis d’Arnaud, Lucas Duda

Thursday: Braves 6, Mets 1
Three Up: Jon Niese, Carlos Torres, Lucas Duda
Three Down: David Wright, Juan Lagares, Wilmer Flores

Season Standings
Jacob deGrom +10
Lucas Duda +9
Bartolo Colon +8
Daniel Murphy +8
Jon Niese +7
Zack Wheeler +6
Buddy Carlyle +4

Travis d’Arnaud +3
Josh Edgin +3
Juan Lagares +3
Eric Campbell +2
Ike Davis +2
Dana Eveland +2
Jeurys Familia +2
Dillon Gee +2
Matt den Dekker +1
John Lannan -1
Jenrry Mejia -1
Rafael Montero -1
Kirk Nieuwenhuis -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Anthony Recker -1
Josh Satin -1
Gonzalez Germen -2
Taylor Teagarden -2
Wilmer Flores -3
Curtis Granderson -3
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Scott Rice -5
Carlos Torres -5
Eric Young, Jr. -7
Chris Young -8
Ruben Tejada -9
David Wright -11

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Three Up, Three Down: Things Unraveling

Monday: Giants 4, Mets 3
Three Up:
Daniel Murphy, Juan Lagares, Josh Edgin
Three Down: Jeurys Familia, Jenrry Mejia, Curtis Granderson

Tuesday: Mets 6, Nationals 1
Three Up:
Zack Wheeler, Daniel Murphy, Jeurys Familia
Three Down: Lucas Duda, Eric Campbell, Ruben Tejada

Wednesday: Nationals 7, Mets 1
Three Up:
Buddy Carlyle, Daniel Murphy, Juan Lagares
Three Down: Jon Niese, Carlos Torres, Kirk Nieuwenhuis

Thursday: Nationals 5, Mets 3
Three Up:
Vic Black, Daniel Murphy, Kirk Nieuwenhuis
Three Down: David Wright, Juan Lagares, Carlos Torres

Season Standings
Jacob deGrom +11
Lucas Duda +9
Daniel Murphy +8
Bartolo Colon +6
Jon Niese +5
Zack Wheeler +4
Buddy Carlyle +3
Dana Eveland +3
Juan Lagares +3
Ike Davis +2

Jeurys Familia +2
Dillon Gee +2
Vic Black +1
Matt den Dekker +1
Josh Edgin +1
Wilmer Flores -1
Gonzalez Germen -1
Curtis Granderson -1
John Lannan -1
Jenrry Mejia -1
Kirk Nieuwenhuis -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Anthony Recker -1
Josh Satin -1
Taylor Teagarden -2
Carlos Torres -4
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Scott Rice -5
David Wright -6
Eric Young, Jr. -7
Chris Young -8
Ruben Tejada -10

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Three Up, Three Down: Cheesehead edition

Ten games on the road and a 5-5 record.

Thursday: Brewers 9, Mets 1
Three Up:
Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores, Dana Eveland
Three Down: Dillon Gee, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Curtis Granderson

Friday: Mets 3, Brewers 2
Three Up:
Lucas Duda, Zack Wheeler, Jenrry Mejia
Three Down: Bobby Abreu, Ruben Tejada, Curtis Granderson

Saturday: Brewers 5, Mets 2
Three Up:
Curtis Granderson, Chris Young, Daniel Murphy
Three Down: Jon Niese, Carlos Torres, Wilmer Flores

Sunday: Mets 2, Brewers 0
Three Up:
Jacob deGrom, Vic Black, Lucas Duda
Three Down: Juan Lagares, Ruben Tejada, Anthony Recker

Season Standings
Jacob deGrom +10
Lucas Duda +9
Bartolo Colon +6
Jon Niese +6
Dana Eveland +4
Daniel Murphy +4
Zack Wheeler +3
Ike Davis +2

Jeurys Familia +2
Dillon Gee +2
Bobby Abreu +1
Matt den Dekker +1
Josh Edgin +1
Vic Black -1
Gonzalez Germen -1
John Lannan -1
Kirk Nieuwenhuis -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Anthony Recker -1
Josh Satin -1
David Wright -1
Taylor Teagarden -2
Wilmer Flores -3
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Scott Rice -5
Eric Young, Jr. -6
Chris Young -8
Ruben Tejada -9

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Three Up, Three Down: Ranger Danger

Some missing episodes:

July 2: Braves 3, Mets 1
Three Up: Eric Young, Jacob deGrom, Vic Black
Three Down: Lucas Duda, Ruben Tejada, Daniel Murphy

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July 4: Mets 6, Rangers 5
Three Up: Bobby Abreu, Lucas Duda, Eric Campbell
Three Down: Daniel Murphy, Jeurys Familia, Eric Young

July 5: Rangers 5, Mets 3
Three Up: Josh Edgin, Curtis Granderson, Travis d’Arnaud
Three Down: Bartolo Colon, Juan Lagares, Daniel Murphy

July 6: Mets 8, Rangers 4
Three Up: Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Anthony Recker, Zack Wheeler
Three Down: David Wright, Gonzalez Germen, Bobby Abreu

Season Standings
Jon Niese +8
Jacob deGrom +6
Bartolo Colon +5
Lucas Duda +4
Daniel Murphy +4
Josh Edgin +3
Dana Eveland +3
Dillon Gee +3
Juan Lagares +3
Bobby Abreu +2
Ike Davis +2

Anthony Recker +2
Eric Campbell +1
Buddy Carlyle +1
Matt den Dekker +1
Jeurys Familia +1
Zack Wheeler +1
Vic Black -1
Gonzalez Germen -1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Josh Satin -1
Travis d’Arnaud -2
Taylor Teagarden -2
Wilmer Flores -3
David Wright -3
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Scott Rice -5
Ruben Tejada -5
Eric Young, Jr. -5
Chris Young -10

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Braves 5, Mets 3: Three Up, Three Down

Three errors in one inning means three downs for three players.

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Three Up: Curtis Granderson, Zack Wheeler, Daniel Murphy
Three Down: Juan Lagares, Jeurys Familia, Eric Campbell

Season Standings
Jon Niese +8
Bartolo Colon +6
Daniel Murphy +6
Jacob deGrom +5
Lucas Duda +4
Juan Lagares +4
Dana Eveland +3
Dillon Gee +3
Bobby Abreu +2
Ike Davis +2
Josh Edgin +2

Jeurys Familia +2
Buddy Carlyle +1
Matt den Dekker +1
Daisuke Matsuzaka +1
Anthony Recker +1
John Lannan -1
Kirk Nieuwenhuis -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Josh Satin -1
Carlos Torres -1
Vic Black -2
Travis d’Arnaud -2
Curtis Granderson -2
Taylor Teagarden -2
David Wright -2
Wilmer Flores -3
Ruben Tejada -4
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Scott Rice -5
Eric Young, Jr. -5
Chris Young -9

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Mets Wins Above Replacement leaders through Week 13

Highest and lowest Mets WAR scores through Week 13, according to the web sites Fangraphs and Baseball Reference:

Fangraphs
1. Daniel Murphy, 2.4
2. Juan Lagares, 1.6
3-(t). Lucas Duda, 1.3
3-(t). Zack Wheeler, 1.3

5-(t). Curtis Granderson, 1.2
5-(t). Jon Niese, 1.2

36-(t). Gonzalez Germen, -0.3
36-(t). Omar Quintanilla, -0.3
36-(t). Jose Valverde, -0.3

39-(t). John Lannan, -0.4
39-(t). Rafael Montero, -0.4
39-(t). Scott Rice, -0.4

Baseball Reference
1. Lagares, 2.6
2. Murphy, 1.9
3. Niese, 1.8
4-(t). Granderson, 1.4
4-(t). Duda, 1.4
4-(t). David Wright, 1.4

37-(t). Wilmer Flores, -0.4
37-(t). Lannan, -0.4
37-(t). Rice, -0.4
40-(t). Travis d’Arnaud, -0.8
40-(t). Valverde, -0.8

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Mets Wins Above Replacement leaders through Week 11

Highest and lowest Mets WAR scores through Week 11, according to the web sites Fangraphs and Baseball Reference:

Fangraphs
1. Daniel Murphy, 2.1
2. Juan Lagares, 1.6
3. Curtis Granderson, 1.2
4-(t). Jon Niese, 1.1

4-(t). Zack Wheeler, 1.1

37-(t). Gonzalez Germen, -0.4
37-(t). John Lannan, -0.4
37-(t). Rafael Montero, -0.4
37-(t). Omar Quintanilla, -0.4
41. Chris Young, -0.5

Baseball Reference
1. Lagares, 2.6
2. Niese, 1.9
3-(t). Granderson, 1.6
3-(t). Murphy, 1.6
5. Dillon Gee, 1.2

34. Four players tied
38-(t). Bartolo Colon, -0.4
38-(t). Scott Rice, -0.4
40. Lannan, -0.5
41. Travis d’Arnaud, -0.9

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Three Up, Three Down: Friartime

Friday: Mets 6, Padres 2
Three Up:
 Bobby Abreu, Bartolo Colon, Lucas Duda
Three Down: Chris Young, Josh Edgin, David Wright

Saturday: Padres 5, Mets 0
Three Up:
 Dana Eveland, Lucas Duda, Ruben Tejada
Three Down: Chris Young, Zack Wheeler, Daniel Murphy

Sunday: Mets 3, Padres 1
Three Up:
 Curtis Granderson, Carlos Torres, Jenrry Mejia
Three Down: David Wright, Andrew Brown, Daisuke Matsuzaka

Season Standings
Jon Niese +9
Juan Lagares +6
Jacob deGrom +5
Bartolo Colon +5
Daniel Murphy +4
Eric Campbell +3
Dillon Gee +3
Bobby Abreu +2
Ike Davis +2
Jeurys Familia +2

Buddy Carlyle +1
Matt den Dekker +1
Lucas Duda +1
Dana Eveland +1
Anthony Recker +1
Taylor Teagarden +1
Josh Edgin -1
John Lannan -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Josh Satin -1
Zack Wheeler -1
Wilmer Flores -2
Ruben Tejada -2
Travis d’Arnaud -4
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Scott Rice -5
David Wright -5
Eric Young, Jr. -6
Chris Young -8

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