Zack Wheeler made his first Grapefruit League start on Friday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Disney World. Wheeler has missed the last two full seasons after having Tommy John surgery in March 2015. Wheeler went 11-11 with a 3.54 ERA with 187 strikeouts in 185 1/3 innings (32 starts) during 2014; his first and only season in the majors. It was considered Wheeler would be able to come back late last year for the playoff push, but was shutdown in August with an elbow strain.
Wheeler, who is considered to round off the Mets young, stud pitching rotation, is likely to start the season in the bullpen. The idea is because of his innings limit, it will allow the bulk of his innings to be pitching in games late in the season, when they matter the most.
In his start against the Braves, Wheeler allowed one earned run, two hits, and one strike out in two innings of work. In the coming weeks, The Mets will be able to get a better feel on how they are going to use Wheeler at the beginning of the season.