The Mets have officially tabbed righty Walker Lockett to start on Saturday against the Giants in place of the injured Zack Wheeler.
Wheeler, of course, was placed on the injured list on Tuesday with right shoulder fatigue, an injury that could complicate things for the Mets as the July 31st trade deadline approaches. Wheeler is 6-6 on the season with a 4.69 ERA, but with his contract up at the end of the season, he's been at the center of a number of trade rumors.
Lockett, a 25-year-old right-hander, has made two spot starts for the Mets this season. His first outing didn't go well, as the Cubs jumped on him for six earned runs in 2.1 innings. He fared slightly better in his second start, allowing four earned runs in 5.1 innings against the Phillies on June 25th, though the Mets would eventually drop that game 7-5.