The New York Mets may bring up top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler to start one of the games of a doubleheader at Atlanta on June 18.
''It's a possibility,'' Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Monday. ''Quite possible.''
Alderson hinted at the likelihood of calling up Wheeler during an interview earlier in the day on WFAN and then spoke about it later during a telephone interview with The Associated Press.
''He is that somebody we're counting on for the future,'' Alderson said. ''So in that sense he's beginning what we hope is a long career as a New York Met, a long, successful career as a New York Met.''
A 23-year-old right-hander, Wheeler was selected by San Francisco with the sixth overall pick of the 2009 amateur draft and was obtained by the Mets two years ago in the trade that sent All-Star outfielder Carlos Beltran to the Giants.
Wheeler, whose fastball is in the upper 90s mph, is 4-1 with a 4.14 ERA in 12 starts with 66 strikeouts in 63 innings for Triple-A Las Veg...