The Mets, and many other teams, saw some good news surface from New York's series finale in San Francisco on Sunday.
Zack Wheeler, who went on the IL with a shoulder impingement last week, threw his first bullpen session and said he felt "very good," according to Newsday's Tim Healey.
The Mets were hoping that Wheeler could return for their homestand against the Padres this week, and they have yet to announce their rotation for the three-game series that starts on Tuesday. SNY's Andy Martino reported earlier that teams interested in Wheeler via trade were "nervous" about his health.
If New York still plans to trade him, it would be ideal for him to make a start before the July 31 trade deadline to see that he has healed from his ailment. Wheeler can return from the IL on July 23, but the Mets announced their rotation for the Padres series that begins Tuesday as Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom.
SNY's Andy Martino is hearing Friday or Saturday against the Pirates as the more likely slots Wheeler could slide into.
So far this season, Wheeler owns a pretty high 4.69 ERA, but teams are still interested in his plus-fastball along with his ability to shutdown lineups on any given night. As the week goes on, we will start to see more clarity come from the Mets on Wheeler's status.