Mets RHP Zack Wheeler entered in the fourth inning and allowed one run while throwing 26 pitches in what was his only inning of work on Wednesday afternoon against the Braves.
"I gotta put guys away a little bit faster," Wheeler said after the game.
Wheeler allowed a bloop double leading off the inning before striking out Freddie Freeman and Tyler Flowers. Wheeler then uncorked two wild pitches (both on curveballs, allowing a run to score), and allowed two soft singles before inducing a fly out to center field to end the inning.
"Everything was good except for the curveball," Wheeler said. "Just gripping it a little too hard today."
Wheeler added that he was supposed to enter in the third inning, but that Tyler Bashlor had gotten ready in case he needed to enter for Matt Harvey in the second inning (resulting in Wheeler entering later). Wheeler also threw 13 additional pitches in the bullpen after the game.
"I thought he was good," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said about Wheeler after the game. "Stuff was good."
In his first appearance of Spring Training, Wheeler struck out two while working around a leadoff single in his only inning of work this past Friday, with his fastball sitting between 94 and 97 MPH.
There was a report last week that the Mets planned to open the season with Wheeler in the bullpen, but manager Mickey Callaway said shortly after that Wheeler is definitely a starting pitcher.
Despite Callaway's insistence that Wheeler remains a starting pitcher in the Mets' eyes, their starting rotation (if everyone remains healthy) seems full.
Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, and Jason Vargas are locks, with Harvey and Steven Matz expected to take the last two spots. Callaway said last week that the team does not expect to use a six-man rotation, which would seemingly mean Wheeler heading to the bullpen.