Zack Wheeler could make his Mets’ debut next Friday at Citi Field against the Chicago Cubs reports ESPN.
The Mets have delayed Wheeler’s promotion because of his Super Two status as much as anything. By doing this, they will delay his arbitration eligibility by a year until after the 2016 season. He will become free-agent eligible after the 2019 season.
Wheeler is 4-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 11 starts at Triple-A Las Vegas. He is scheduled to start tonight at Tacoma.
The Mets have not said who will be bounced from the rotation between Jeremy Hefner and Dillon Gee, both of whom have pitched well recently. Shaun Marcum, who will make $4 million this season, has been the least effective starter.
The Mets have a doubleheader scheduled for June 18 at Atlanta, so the decision could be set back.