Mets RHP Zack Wheeler expects to work as both a starter and reliever during Spring Training, he told reporters Monday at Port St. Lucie.
The Mets have discussed the possibility of having Wheeler start the season in the bullpen, which would enable him to transition to the rotation later in the season without having to be shut down due to an innings limit.
Wheeler, who hasn't pitched in the majors since 2014 - due to Tommy John surgery and rehab setbacks - said he's not getting his hopes up for any one specific role.
"I don't want to get down on myself," he said in a video posted by Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. "I'm just not getting my hopes up too much, just because I've had too many setbacks."
According to Wheeler, though he's open to a role in the bullpen, he doesn't want to be there forever...
"I know at some point I will have to go to the bullpen thing just because of the innings,'' Wheeler told Kevin Kerman of the NY Post last week. "I hate innings limits, but I guess that is part of the game these days. You've got to do what they say. They're the boss. ... I know I belong in the starting rotation, there's no question about that. I'm a starter."