The New York Mets scratched right-hander Zack Wheeler from
yesterday’s scheduled start because he strained his oblique while hitting in
the cage, according to Andy Martino of The New York Daily News.
Hearing that Zack Wheeler will be scratched from his start today because of an oblique injury that happened while hitting in cage....
— Andy Martino (@MartinoNYDN) February 27, 2013
Wheeler told reporters, including Marc Carig of Newsday, that he doesn’t
believe the injury is serious. The 22-year-old is hoping to make his next
scheduled appearance. The Mets apparently concur with their young right-hander,
as they have termed the strain as mild.
Wheeler was preparing to make his second appearance, and
first start, of the spring. He came out of the bullpen Saturday to hold the
Washington Nationals scoreless over two innings.
The Mets acquired Wheeler from the San Francisco Giants in
2011 in exchange for outfielder Carlos Beltran. He’s already been slated to
start the season in Triple-A, but he’s a likely candidate to see time in the
majors at some point this year.
Obliques can be tricky injuries, as they’ve sidelined
players for a month-plus in the past. However, this doesn’t appear to be a
significant strain, and hopefully Wheeler won’t be out long.
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