Mets RHP Zack Wheeler is open to a move to the bullpen if that's what it takes for him to stay on the big league roster.
"I am not being selfish, I am just trying to prove my case," Wheeler said after Tuesday night's start. "I want to be here and be on this team. Whether it is helping in the bullpen or starting. I want to be here."
Wheeler, who began the season with Triple-A Las Vegas after struggling in Spring Training, has been filling in for Jason Vargas, who may return as early as April 27.
During Spring Training, Wheeler initially bristled at the idea that he could move to the bullpen, but apologized the next day for having that reaction.
In his two starts since entering the rotation, Wheeler has a 2.77 ERA in 13 innings while allowing nine hits, walking four and striking out nine.
Mets manager Mickey Callaway suggested during Spring Training that a potential six-man rotation wasn't on his mind, so something will have to give when Vargas returns.
SNY MLB Insider Andy Martino will address the Wheeler situation in a post on MetsBlog later today...