Mets Announce Tentative Timetable For Wheeler

If history taught us anything, it is to not rely on a Mets manager for an injury diagnosis.

So, forgive me if I don’t totally buy into Terry Collins’ declaration of Zack Wheeler’s right oblique strain “is not that bad.’’

Of course, somebody else’s injuries usually aren’t.

Wheeler already missed one start, and the Mets’ current plans have him missing at least one more. The thinking is he’ll have a bullpen session Tuesday and get in a game in three more days. Of course, that’s all predicated on Wheeler coming out of the bullpen with no tightness or pain.

Collins said Wheeler wasn’t in discomfort today and did some range-of-motion exercises. There was no pain when he did his throwing motion, but felt something when he moved his arm in the opposite direction.

What we know for sure is Wheeler isn’t expected to be on the Opening Day roster, so it stands to reason there is no rush in getting him back on the mound.

Wheeler thought he could make his next start, but that won’t happen. The prudent thing is for him to miss another.

They won’t regret making that decision.

NOTE: I’ll have another post after the game.


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