Zack Wheeler experienced stiffness in his pitching shoulder during his last start, so Mets officials have decided to shut down the rookie for the season, according to Adam Rubin.
Terry Collins said the Mets do not believe there is anything medically wrong with Wheeler. They simply believe the stiffness cropped up because he is roughly 20 innings over his 2012 total.
“He will not be making any more starts,” Terry Collins said.
“After the last start his shoulder was a little stiff. We gave him a couple extra days, he was still stiff yesterday, so we are gonna shut him down.”
Wheeler wanted to proceed with a bullpen session in Philadelphia on Saturday in preparation for his originally scheduled start Monday in Cincinnati, but GM Sandy Alderson and Collins did not grant permission, according to the manager.
“He had a good year,” the Mets manager continued. “He’s done exactly what we wanted him to do. We all know he has gotten better and that’s a great way to go into the wintertime. With...