May 15, 8:35 am: The soreness in Wheeler's collarbone is more of an annoyance, and the trip to New York is 'totally precautionary,' said Wheeler's agent (Marc Carig, Newsday).
That said, the way I understand it, the Mets know they're close to promoting this kid. It will happen sooner than later. He was consistently hitting upper 90s with his fastball in his last start and he mostly feels fine. So, if the Mets can bide time by being careful with Wheeler, checking him out and delaying his inevitable promotion, so be it. He's been pitching so well of late, it's hard to believe he a major injury going on. Of course, any time a player misses a start (especially with the Mets) it is reason to be concerned...
May 14, 5:17 pm: "I think we're being a little conservative," assistant GM John Ricco told reporters about Wheeler, who will not make his next start on Saturday in Omaha.
Over his last three starts for Triple-A Las Vegas, Wheeler has pitched to a 1.35 ERA. In eight starts overall at Las Vegas, Wheeler is 2-1 with a 3.74 ERA with 18 walks and 47 strikeouts in 43 1/3 innings.
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There's nothing wrong with being ultra-conservative with the gem of their minor league system. Hopefully, this is in fact a minor injury and Wheeler is cleared to pitch next week. It's better they play it this way, he miss a start or two, and he gets back to 100 percent. It sure beats taking a chance he goes out there, messes with his mechanics because he's sore, and really gets hurt in doing so.[/sny-accordion]