As he approaches his career-high for innings pitched, Monday night's start against the Phillies could be Zack Wheeler's final start of the season, manager Mickey Callaway said earlier Monday.
Callaway said the team isn't sure whether Wheeler will pitch again in 2018, adding that the team will monitor the situation -- and will be conservative with Wheeler on Monday niight and moving forward.
Wheeler has tossed 175.1 innings so far this season, ten 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 has reached another level this season, and has been one of the best pitchers in baseball during the second half, with a 1.32 ERA and 0.81 WHIP.