However, Collins said yesterday it was unclear when Wheeler might be called up.
"Wheeler could be an option soon? I wouldn't say soon," Collins said to the media, according to the New York Post. "But it all depends on what happens. That is why you have to be careful what you say. 'Soon' could mean July. To you guys it's Friday, so there is a big difference."
Sandy Alderson recently told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York Zack Wheeler’s performance at Triple-A Las Vegas is the primary consideration for him to be promoted to the big leagues.
“Super Two status is a consideration. But his level of performance is probably the major consideration. He pitched at Triple-A last year. He’s pitching at Triple-A this year. His last outing was excellent. Let’s see how it goes,” Alderson told Rubin.
Wheeler is 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA, having allowed six earned runs on nine hits with six walks and 17 strikeouts in 14 innings.
If Wheeler can put together a few more starts like he did in his last time on the mound, where he has command of all of his pitches, he’s limiting the number of walks allowed, and being efficient with his pitches, the results should warrant a promotion. He’s very close, but he should not be used as a band-aid and promoted prematurely just because the Mets have holes now. If they do that, and he struggles because he’s not prepared for the big leagues, that can cause more harm than good, both for him and the future of the franchise — it’s simply not worth risking that right now.
I know we probably all sound like a broken record, but it's best to wait. No need to rush him up (contract issues notwithstanding) for essentially a "lost" season of 2013. We all know, deep down, he's getting called up this year. It's just a matter of when. We're excited. We want to see him pitch. It'll come, but just... breathe.