Due to his workload this season, the Mets are shutting Zack Wheeler down for the year, with Corey Oswalt taking his spot in the rotation.
"We're gonna shut down Zack for the year, given the fact that he's 101 innings over what he pitched last year," Mickey Callaway said Wednesday. "The way he pitched, pitching deep in to games, we're really excited about the year he had. And we feel like we'd probably be taking the best care of him we can if we shut him down at this point."
Callaway had hinted on Monday before Wheeler's start the the team was considering ending his season after that start.
Wheeler tossed 182.1 innings so far this season, three shy of his career-high of 185.1 in 2014. In Spring Training of 2015, Wheeler was diagnosed with a torn UCL in his right elbow and underwent Tommy John surgery that March -- missing the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons while recovering.
The 28-year-old Wheeler tossed 86.1 innings in 2017, when his season was interrupted multiple times by injuries.
Wheeler reached another level this season, and was one of the best pitchers in baseball during the second half, with a 1.68 ERA in 11 starts.
Overall, he finished the year with a 3.31 ERA (3.24 FIP) and 1.12 WHIP with 179 strikeouts in 182.1 innings.